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Low cloud and fog brings murky start to the week

MetService News Release
14 May 2018

Low cloud and fog brings murky start to the week

MetService is forecasting northerly winds associated with a low crossing the Tasman Sea which will continue to push warm, moist air onto the North Island and large parts of the South Island for the first half of the week. The low is expected to cross the country late Tuesday into Wednesday bringing a possibility of heavier rain for parts of western and central New Zealand.

Although we saw temperatures below freezing for southern parts of the South Island this morning, northern parts of the North Island will see temperatures reach 20-23C today and tomorrow. This is accompanied by areas of low cloud for the next few days, especially the likes of the main centres Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

“Places like Auckland will reach 21C today and tomorrow while only dropping to 15C overnight with low cloud expected again in the morning, so another murky day is in store for tomorrow and Wednesday,” explained Kyle Lee, MetService meteorologist.

At the other end of the spectrum the trend for colder mornings continues for the lower South Island tomorrow as areas sheltered to the northerly flow will experience settled weather with possible frosts.

“Areas in Otago and Southland could drop below freezing overnight with minimums of 0C and 1C forecast for Invercargill and Alexandra respectively,” said Lee.

On Wednesday, we see the passage of the low pressure bring bands of showers and rain to large parts of the country, with heavier falls likely for western parts of the North Island and central New Zealand.

The low pressure gives way to more settled weather on Thursday before a cold front approaches the country for the upcoming weekend. This front marks the beginning of an extended period of colder temperatures over the country, where we can expect to see frosts and even some snow, so have another blanket ready for the bed.


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