Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


A wet end to winter for northern New Zealand

A wet end to winter for northern New Zealand


A large, slow-moving high that has been responsible for several days of settled weather over much of the country this week is feeling the squeeze from a low pressure system approaching from the Tasman Sea. "Though this high has been one of the strongest we've seen this winter, it's starting to weaken, and is slowly retreating eastwards," said MetService meteorologist Peter Little. "The culprit is a mature low over the Tasman Sea, which brought strong winds, large waves and heavy rain to parts of the New South Wales coast this week," added Little.

Though the high remains over the South Island until early next week, the weather deteriorates over northern New Zealand as a band of rain spreads slowly southwards. "During Friday and Saturday, expect strong to gale easterly winds and rain to sweep southwards across Northland and Auckland. The heaviest falls are likely about eastern parts of Northland. On Sunday, the rain reaches the central North Island, but eases to showers in Northland," commented Little.

The remainder of the country's weather continues to be influenced by the slowly departing high. "The lower North Island and much of the South Island will have cloudier skies than the past few days, and patchy drizzle is expected to affect eastern places, mainly morning and night. And the place to be? Hokitika, which has recorded just 0.4mm of rainfall over the past two weeks, with the dry spell set to continue on the West Coast until early next week," Little went on to say.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Must Sell 20 Petrol Stations: Z Cleared To Buy Caltex Assets

Z Energy is allowed to buy the Caltex and Challenge! petrol station chains but must sell 19 of its retail sites and one truck-stop, the Commerce Commission has ruled in a split decision that acknowledges possible retail price coordination between fuel retailers occurs in some regions. More>>

ALSO:

Huntly: Genesis Extends Life Of Coal-Fuelled Power Station To 2022

Genesis Energy will keep its two coal and gas-fired units at Huntly Power Station operating until 2022, having previously said they'd be closed by 2018, after wringing a high price from other electricity generators who wanted to keep them as back-up. More>>

ALSO:

Dammed If You Do: Ruataniwha Irrigation Scheme Hits Farmer Uptake Targets

Enough Hawke's Bay farmers have signed up for water from the proposed Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme for it to go ahead as long as a cornerstone institutional capital investor can be found to back it, its regional council promoter announced. More>>

ALSO:

Reserve Bank: OCR Stays At 2.25%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2.25 percent, in a decision traders had said could go either way, while predicting inflation will pick up as the slump in oil prices washes out of the data and capacity pressures start to build in the economy. More>>

ALSO:

Export Values Down: NZ Posts Biggest Annual Trade Deficit In 7 Years

New Zealand has recorded its biggest annual trade deficit since April 2009, reflecting weaker prices of agricultural commodities such as dairy products, beef and lamb, and increased imports of vehicles and machinery. More>>

ALSO:

Currency Events: NZ's New $5 Note Wins International Banknote Award

New Zealand’s new Brighter Money $5 note has been named Banknote of the Year in a prestigious international competition. The $5 note was awarded the IBNS Banknote of the Year title at the International Bank Note Society’s annual meeting. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news