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Settled spell coming to an end

MetService News Release

24 August 2017

Settled spell coming to an end

All good things must come to an end, and the settled weather experienced in most places this week is no exception. An area of low pressure is slowly making its way across the Tasman Sea towards New Zealand. The good news is that for many parts of the country, the wet weather should hold off until late Sunday or Monday.

The High responsible for the recent settled weather is moving slowly east of New Zealand. “This will bring north to northeast winds over the country for next few days, meaning temperatures should be relatively warm for this time of year,” explained MetService Meteorologist Stephen Glassey.

A slow-moving front should bring periods of rain to the south and west of the South Island from today. However, it is likely to stay dry for fans travelling to the All Blacks v Wallabies rugby test in Dunedin on Saturday night.

A few showers are also expected for parts of the upper North Island this weekend, but the main rain band isn’t expected to arrive until late Sunday or Monday. “Places exposed to the northeast flow, such as Northland and Auckland, are likely to notice the winds strengthening on Sunday ahead of the approaching front,” said Glassey.

There is still some uncertainty on the timing of the heaviest rain accompanying the front on either Sunday or Monday, so be sure to get the most up to date information on severe weather around the country, or any other forecasts, at or on mobile devices at You can also follow our updates on MetService TV, at MetService New Zealand on Facebook, @metservice and @MetServiceWARN on Twitter and at


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