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Rain for some but settled weather returns next week
18/04/2024
Covering period of Thu 18 - Mon 22 April
The weather has been mostly fine across New Zealand, however, MetService forecasts a burst of rain on Saturday, before a large area of high pressure brings another run of settled weather as we move into next week. 

A cold front approaches the south of the South Island on Friday. Blustery northwesterly winds precede the arrival of rain in the south and west, however, by the end of the day the front weakens leaving areas north of Christchurch mostly dry. For the North Island passing showers are possible in most areas, with Horowhenua, Wellington and the east coast looking to remain dry.  

A low pressure system approaching from the Tasman Sea is forecast to bring rain to a large portion of the North Island, leaving most of the South Island remaining dry on Saturday. 

MetService meteorologist Lewis Ferris states, “the weather models have different ideas about the extent and intensity of the incoming rain, so keep an eye on the forecast for Saturday if you are making outdoors plans.” 

Areas north of Taranaki to Napier are most likely to see rain on Saturday with the potential for some heavy falls in the mix. The further south, the less likely rain becomes, but there is risk the wet weather will reach as far south as Wellington and the top of the South Island. 

On Sunday the low pressure system moves away to the east which means clearer weather across the country. However, southerlies and showers are possible around Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne, while westerly winds bring showers to the south and west of the South Island. 

As we enter the new working week high pressure moves in across the country, forecast to bring a settled run of weather. While this will be a good chance for parents to get the kids outdoors, there’s potential the weather will turn as we head towards ANZAC Day. 


 

SHORT FORECAST

Upto Midnight Saturday

Northland, Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula
Cloudy periods and a few showers, some possibly heavy and thundery from afternoon.

Waikato to Taranaki, also the Bay of Plenty, Taupo and Taumarunui
Fine spells and isolated showers. However showers increasing in the west tonight.

Whanganui, Taihape, Manawatu and Horowhenua Kapiti Coast
Partly cloudy.

Gisborne to Wairarapa, also Wellington, Buller, Nelson and Marlborough
Fine, apart from high cloud over Gisborne.

Westland
Often cloudy. Isolated showers, becoming more widespread south of Harihari, where some may be heavy and thundery from afternoon.

Canterbury
Fine, but cloud increasing this evening with scattered showers spreading north.

Fiordland, Otago and Southland
Rain with brief heavy falls spreading north, and possible thunderstorms about Fiordland, then easing from afternoon.

Chatham Islands
Fine.

Extended Forecast

Sunday
North Island: A few early showers about the northern half of the island, clearing for most but persisting about Gisborne. Mainly fine in the south. South Island: Rain in Fiordland, and a few showers up the West Coast and about Southland. Fine elsewhere.

Monday
North Island: Isolated showers spreading northwards during the day, clearing to fine afterwards. South Island: Early showers in the west and about the Southland, clearing. Mainly fine elsewhere.

Tuesday
Rain developing about Fiordland, and later in the day about Westland. A mainly fine for the rest of the country.

Chatham Islands
Fresh southerlies and isolated showers on Sunday. Rain developing on Monday with a strong southwest change. A few showers clearing early Tuesday to mainly fine weather, and strong southwesterlies easing to lighter westerlies.

SUMMER HEAT ALERTS

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Severe Thunderstorm INFORMATION

No Severe Thunderstorm Warnings in force.

Severe Weather Warnings & Watches

Situation
 

Rain with possible downpours for the north of the North Island on Saturday

A low pressure system is forecast to move eastwards across northern New Zealand during Saturday. The low is expected to be accompanied with bands of rain, which are likely to be heavy in areas of the north of the North Island. There is uncertainty with how widespread the heavy rain will be. However, there is the likelihood that there will be localised downpours and thunderstorms as well, and that amounts could approach and may even exceed warning amounts in localised areas.

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts.

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: Northland, Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato, Waitomo

Period: 17hrs from 5am - 10pm Sat, 20 Apr

Forecast: Periods of heavy rain with possible downpours and thunderstorms. Amounts may approach warning criteria and may even exceed warning amounts in localised areas.

Area: Bay of Plenty, including Rotorua, and Taupo

Period: 14hrs from 8am - 10pm Sat, 20 Apr

Forecast: Periods of heavy rain with possible downpours and thunderstorms. Amounts may approach warning criteria and may even exceed warning amounts in localised areas.

Road Snowfall Warnings

No Road Snowfall Warnings in force.

Tropical Cyclone Bulletin

 

Current status of cyclone activity
There are presently no tropical cyclones in the Coral Sea and South Pacific areas.

Forecast 
No tropical cyclones are expected.

Outlook 
No tropical cyclones are expected.

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