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Will spring kick off with a sub-tropical low?

The official meteorological start to spring is exactly a week away (Tuesday September 1st) and on that date reliable long range data is showing the chance of a small but sub-tropical low dropping down over northern New Zealand.

Sub-tropical lows don’t automatically create severe weather – but they can rapidly deepen and bring areas of very heavy rain and localised gusts.

With the low expected to deepen as it crosses over New Zealand on Tuesday and Wednesday next week it’s one to watch, but remains at the lower end of the risks scale.

While borderline, if the low drops far enough south and deepens east of Hawkes Bay next Wednesday it may also bring in some rain to dry parts of North Canterbury, perhaps Thursday – although south of Christchurch may not receive a drop from this low, which indicates how borderline it is there.

This sub-tropical low will be followed by a Tasman Sea low just a few days later next weekend (Sept 5 and 6)

Neither lows look too serious but the sub-tropical elements means those with concerns should be up to date with the latest long range maps to track where any intense pockets of weather might be…and of course we’ll up date you closer to the time.

The two lows means spring will kick off mild for many areas, athough by next weekend the Tasman Sea low may bring in a brief cool southerly for the South Island.

– Image / File, Keith Morgan



Guest on 25/08/2015 4:35am

Couldnt bring a cyclone so maybe an el nino one will…..oh theres was that crap one now what was it called…FIZZLER !!! hahaha

Guest on 25/08/2015 4:31am

We are runing the risk of the second driest winter in 8 years and so far we have only had half our annual rainfall and theres just 4 months left to get the rest…this is our third dry year in a row…..i would like to see three wet years in a row!!!!!!!!!! and a decent summer where the grass grows… can only DREAM

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