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The calm after the storm

6 March 2014

The calm after the storm

The vigorous low pressure system which brought gales to the east of the New Zealand, as well as heavy rain and floods to Banks Peninsula and parts of Christchurch City continues to pull away to the east of the country. In its place, a broad ridge of high pressure is building across the country from the Tasman Sea bringing a welcome return to more settled weather.

The weather on Thursday is a much quieter affair, and the forecast for the following days is looking similar. "It has been very wet in some parts of Christchurch this week, exceeding the normal March rainfall in just a few days. Elsewhere in the country, for example in the north west, rainfall has continued to be in short supply," MetService Meteorologist John Law commented. "The weather prospects for the weekend and the start of next week are looking dry apart from a few showers on Saturday or Sunday."

Strong winds were also recorded about the coast from Kaikoura to Hawkes Bay.Elsewhere the weather this week has continued to be dry and fine, with the West Coast of the South Island recording temperatures of 23C and plenty of sunshine.

After the wet start to the day for the "Auckland Cup" on Wednesday, the weather looks pretty good for Auckland for the rest of cup week this weekend. Sunny spells and southwest winds are set to prevail.

Keep up to date with the latest forecasts and any watches/warnings atmetservice.com or on mobile devices at m.metservice.com. You can also follow our updates on MetService TV, @metservice on Twitter and at blog.metservice.com.

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