Westerlies will pretty much dominate our weather for the rest of November predicts WeatherWatch.co.nz as highs continue to remain over the Tasman Sea.
The highs are stopping rain bands from reaching Northland and Waikato, two large dairy regions which are now starting to dry out.
As several fronts over the next week brush over the South Island (caught up in the west to south west wind flow) most of the rain is predicted to fall along the West Coast – with only showers or brief rain making it north of about Taranaki.
Brief southerlies could still bring in some short lived rain or showers for eastern New Zealand over the coming weeks but WeatherWatch.co.nz says the majority of rain will fall over Fiordland and Westland.
While the winds could be strong and possibly gale at times they aren’t expected to cause any major problems.
Windiest day this week looks likely to be Thursday.
WeatherWatch.co.nz says while the highs continue to dominate the Tasman Sea northern New Zealand can expect to remain dry.
Meanwhile a hint that we’re now in the South Pacific Cyclone Season as a fairly active but shallow low forms near Fiji. The highs over northern New Zealand will shield most, if not all, tropical disturbances from reaching us this month.
Despite the tropical low forming the Fiji Meteorological Service doesn’t predict it will become a cyclone with no mention of the low in their three day cyclone outlook.
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on 15/11/2011 7:45am
Your comment Nthn N.Z remains dry,dont think true for Auckland,SW winds rather than westerlies this time,its the most exposed direction and convective showers in this flow and central areas miss out than they did in the straight westerlies.
on 14/11/2011 8:41pm
Are these westerlies likely to cause warmer weather on the SI east coast? i.e like NW’ers do? So far we’ve had virtually no NW events causing hot weather.
on 14/11/2011 10:47pm
Hi there – we have nor’westers in the mix off and on over the next couple of weeks but until the highs north of New Zealand move out of the way we won’t see those truly strong and hot north west blasts.