Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Changeable conditions this past week across the country

Changeable conditions this past week across the country

“A broad ridge of high pressure covered much of New Zealand on Monday, bringing fine weather to the entire country, with light winds and early morning frosts”, commented MetService meteorologist Andy Best.

“Tuesday saw a marked change in conditions, as an active frontal system moved onto the country from the Tasman Sea, preceded by strong northwesterly winds together with a band of rain then showers, as the front moved northeast. Auckland Airport recorded 22.2mm of rain and winds gusts of 57km/h during Tuesday.” Best continued.

On Wednesday, we had to deal with a front moving eastwards across the North Island, while a new frontal system approached the South Island from the west.

Thursday saw New Zealand under the influence of unstable, blustery westerly winds and thunderstorms along an active front, as the front crossed the North Island. Auckland Airport recorded 39.3mm of rain, Gisborne Airport 34mm, Wellington Airport 9.1mm.

A broad trough of low pressure spread over central and southern New Zealand on Friday, while fronts continued to influence the upper North Island. The South Island stayed mainly dry east of the Divide, apart from a few showers which developed behind a southwest change through southern Southland.

Finally, on Saturday, a deepening area of low pressure east of the North Island delivered a cool southwest change over the country, with rain and showers affecting eastern parts of the island. Gisborne reported 7.2mm of rain on Saturday, accompanied by cool southwesterlies gusting 57km/h at times.

Looking to the week ahead, on Monday a broad low pressure trough east of the South Island is forecast to bring very strong westerly winds over central and northern New Zealand. There are currently Strong Wind and Heavy Rain Watches in force for parts of the lower North Island and upper South Island.

More settled weather is expected on Tuesday, as a ridge builds over the country from the west, and showers become few and far between.

On Wednesday, the ridge is expected to drift north over the North Island, bringing fine weather to most places after a cool start, with frosts likely over the central North Island. Northwesterlies spread up the South Island during Wednesday ahead of a front, which moves through Otago around the middle of the day, followed by cool southwesterlies.

Finally, on Friday, we expect a broad ridge of high pressure to dominate much of Aotearoa, resulting in mostly fine conditions.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Ellen Rykers on The Dig: Community Conservation – The Solution To The Biodiversity Crisis?

There are backyard trapping networks doing their bit for Predator Free 2050, farmers planting native trees along their waterways, and iwi protecting whenua rāhui. There are 62 biodiversity sanctuaries across 56,000 hectares, with around two-thirds of them community-led. There are citizen scientists counting birds in their backyards and landowners conserving habitat in 3,500 Queen Elizabeth II National Trust covenants.

It’s increasingly clear that a government agency alone cannot combat the biodiversity crisis successfully. These grass-roots initiatives are a growing resource in the conservation toolbox. More>>

Closing This Weekend! Have Your Say On The Issues For NZ's New Biodiversity Strategy

Scoop and PEP invite you to help decide how we should protect and restore our biodiversity over the next 50 years using Scoop’s online engagement platform, HiveMind. HAVE YOUR SAY HERE>>

Biodiversity HiveMind Preliminary Progress Report
Open data report summarising preliminary findings of the Biodiversity HiveMind. Read Progress Report Here>>


PM In Japan: Jacinda Ardern’s Remarks Following Abe Summit

Today we discussed a wide range of topics. Broadly the themes were: a deeper, high-value trade and investment relationship, greater cooperation in the Pacific; and strengthening our security partnership. More>>


Replacing All But Chair: Twyford Appoints Five NZTA Board Members

Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced the appointment of five new members to the NZ Transport Agency Board... There remain two vacancies on the NZTA Board which will be filled in due course. More>>


Climate Change: Adaptation And Risk Assessment Framework Released

“We are already experiencing the effects of a changing climate such as coastal inundation and increasingly frequent and severe droughts, floods, fires and storms. This framework is an acknowledgement that we must start adapting”, James Shaw said today. More>>


Ihumātao: Mana Whenua Reach Decision On Land

Māori King Tūheitia says mana whenua have finally reached consensus over what to do with Ihumātao - they want it back. More>>


PM To Japan, New York: Ardern To Meet Trump During UN Trip

“I’m looking forward to discussing a wide range of international and regional issues with President Trump, including our cooperation in the Pacific and the trade relationship between our countries." More>>

PM's Post-Cab: "A Way Forward"

At Monday's post-cabinet press conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a number of actions in response to the Labour Party's mishandling of sexual assault complaints. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Allegations Of Left Wing Media Bias

“Left wing bias” accusations date back at least to the mid 1990s... The charge of left wing bias was ridiculous then, and is ridiculous now. More>>

Next Wave Of Reforms: Gun Registration And Licensing Changes Announced

“The Bill includes a register to track firearms and new offences and penalties that can be applied extraterritorially for illegal manufacture, trafficking, and for falsifying, removing, or altering markings – which are a new requirement under the Firearms Protocol.” More>>





InfoPages News Channels