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Your official Queen’s Birthday Weekend forecast – 2011

FINAL UPDATE 4:35pm Monday, June 6, 2011.

Regional Forecasts

Northland, Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato, Taupo, Rotorua, BOP

  • Monday – Cloud thickening, risk of an isolated light shower – especially in eastern BOP.  Light nor’westers.

East Cape, Gisborne  

  • Monday – Cloudy periods.  Little wind.


  • Monday – Clouds thickening, risk of a shower later tonight.  Light nor’westers.

Hawkes Bay, Northern Wairarapa

  • Monday – Some cloud, otherwise clear and mostly dry. 

Wanganui, Manawatu, Horowhenua, Kapiti

  • Monday – Cloudy periods, light winds. Light showers clearing.  Clouds thickening overnight, north west winds building a little.

Wellington, Southern Wairarapa

  • A few breaks in the clouds this evening with drizzle patches drying up.  Northerlies building, clouds thickening overnight. 

Nelson, Marlborough

  • Monday – Mostly clear but clouds moving in tonight.

West Coast

  • Monday – Rain becoming heavy. 


  • Monday – Cloudy periods and cool nor’easters building.

Southland, Otago

  • Monday – Clouds thickening from the west. 

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Guest on 5/06/2011 10:51pm

Your forcast: Wanganui, Manawatu, Horowhenua, Kapiti, Wellington

Monday – Mostly sunny and warm..

and now the current weather at the airport…
SPECI NZWN 052230Z 06004KT 360V080 3000 SHRA SCT003 OVC005 12/11 Q1013

3000m visibility with showers and rain and overcast cloud at 500ft and 12°C is NOT sunny and warm.

Fantastic Metservice……… cheers.

Jordan B on 4/06/2011 9:07am

Hey guys, just wondering, as the forecast says “brisk winds”. I drove from West Auckland through to Pukekohe at about 7.15am, very strong winds throwing my car around the motorway, from Pukekohe to Hamilton at about 9am, they had died down slightly, and then just then (8pm ish) I drove from Pukekohe back out to West Auckland (Glen Eden). Winds were incredibly strong, I saw many a car being pushed by the wind and having to correct themselves in their lanes, as did I.

Do your sats/scans have any data about this wind or is it just random strong wind?

WW Forecast Team on 4/06/2011 10:34pm

Hi Jordan – at the time you contacted us the winds were gusting to 70km/h in a couple of very exposed parts of Auckland (which we would consider ‘strong’).  However the majority of places were only getting brisk winds of around 40km/h.  It sounds as though you were getting decent gusts – but because it wasn’t windy either side of those gusts they can sometimes feel stronger.

Strongest winds in Auckland were Friday night to Saturday morning (when we issued a Storm Alert).  Gusts were reaching 90 to 100km/h then.  They eased considerably during Saturday but seemed to pick up a little in some areas (as the wind changed more northerly) on Saturday evening.

– WeatherWatch

Dave on 4/06/2011 2:51am

we are thinking of going to the rugby at eden park tonight, but the weather looks horrible. Will it clear by 730 kick off?

WW Forecast Team on 4/06/2011 3:11am

Hi Dave – it’s not looking flash at this stage.  While we can see on the sat maps a break in the rain clouds later this afternoon it appears another band is coming in behind it – could be a wet night in Auckland.  Winds are easing though and the temperature won’t get any lower.


– WeatherWatch Weekends

EDIT: 5:32pm – Rain is much lighter now with dry and drizzly patches for this evening.  Can’t rule out some briefly heavier downpours this evening though.

westcoast on 2/06/2011 8:12pm

I think you are backing the wrong model
rain already moving into the far north and moving steadily south
scuddy showers moving over auckland city already too

WW Forecast Team on 3/06/2011 4:50am

We’re pretty confident with our modelling – they have suggested all week that the rain would hold off until Saturday with just showers on Friday.  There have been a few more showers than expected but the day has been fairly dry.  We’re not paying too much attention to those rain bands in Northland as higher air pressure is still dominating over Auckland (1016hPa at Cape Reinga and much higher 1026 in Auckland).

– WeatherWatch

Guest on 1/06/2011 8:09am

Dont think the west coast gets warm northwesters, thats kind of a east coast thing dont ya think.

WW Forecast Team on 1/06/2011 8:18am

They will be warm/humid due to the origin of the winds.  We’re not talking hot, just warm and humid.  Mild is perhaps a better word.

– WW

Guest on 2/06/2011 10:09am

Yes, ‘mild’ is a better term for describing a high of 17/18.

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