Winter is going out on a generally cloudy, wet, note for many people – while spring may well kick off the exact same way.
As a series of lows cross the Tasman Sea and affect New Zealand over the next 14 days we can expect a generally mild weather pattern with plenty of rain events for northern and western New Zealand…but some spillover into dry eastern areas too.
The new weather pattern encourages more wind, cloud and rain events and less southerlies, frosts and snow events.
Wind flows – like today – are often from the northerly quarter and while they may not feel overly tropical they are dragging down warmer than average weather, especially for northern New Zealand.
Today rain may become more isolated to Northland, although as of Sunday AM there were still a few isolated heavier falls around Auckland and Coromandel Peninsula. Light patchy rain or showers is now gradually clearing Waikato.
On Sunday afternoon there may be some heavy but isolated downpours over Northland.
By Monday – the last day of winter – rain and nor’east winds are expected to spread down from the north and west.
On Tuesday and Wednesday this low gradually clears the North Island – although rain may clear quite quickly on Tuesday AM for some western areas.
The first week of spring looks fairly typical – but may be slightly warmer than average, with another low coming back in next weekend bringing wind and rain to a number of regions.
– Image / File, CH Davis