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Weather Workshop: Five Day Forecast

Issued by Weather Workshop on Thursday, June 24, 1999 at noon.

The long range forecast from Weather Workshop for all of New Zealand to midnight Monday.

Situation: A ridge covers much of New Zealand today from an anticyclone over the central and south Tasman Sea. Tomorrow sees the ridge persisting in most areas but in the far north easterlies should freshen as a trough well to the northwest drifts south a little. Also a cold front is likely to approach the far southwest late in the day. During Saturday the Tasman Sea high intensifies and pushes a brief cold outbreak over the South Island. At the same time the trough in the north spreads onto the upper North Island. Sunday and Monday sees a southwest flow easing over the country as the high drifts further east.

NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, COROMANDEL PENINSULA and BAY of PLENTY/ROTORUA, WAIKATO, WAITOMO, TAUMARANUI, TARANAKI, TAIHAPE and TAUPO: Fine in most places today. Tomorrow, patchy rain developing about Northland with cloudy periods as far south as Waikato, elsewhere continuing fine and frosty. Saturday sees rain areas spreading as far south as the central plateau but from Auckland northwards expect showers and fine spells. A few showers everywhere Sunday with snow to the central mountains. On Monday becoming fine in most areas but cloudy periods from eastern Coromandel Peninsula to Northland with the odd shower persisting there, also showers continuing about the main ranges further south.

WANGANUI and MANAWATU: Fine and frosty today and tomorrow. Cloud increasing Saturday with late showers. Showers becoming confined to the eastern ranges Sunday then fine and frosty everywhere Monday.

GISBORNE, HAWKES BAY and WAIRARAPA: Fine and frosty today and tomorrow. Late showers spreading into Wairarapa Saturday and patchy rain possible about northern Gisborne, elsewhere dry. Showery Sunday then slowly clearing from the south. Mainly fine and frosty Monday.

WELLINGTON: Fine today and tomorrow with overnight frosts again in sheltered places. Showers and cold southerlies developing Saturday. Showers clearing slowly on Sunday and fine and frosty again Monday.

NELSON: Fine clear weather today and tomorrow with frosts. A few brief showers Saturday then skies clearing to become fine and frosty again.

MARLBOROUGH and CANTERBURY: In most places continuing fine and frosty today and tomorrow but about the Canterbury coast cloudy periods at times. Showers spreading from the south on Saturday with some snow expected about the main ranges. Clearing inland from early Sunday but showers lingering about the coast. Fine and frosty everywhere Monday.

BULLER, WESTLAND and FIORDLAND: Fine apart from cloudy periods today and tomorrow but later Friday showers developing about the fiords. Showers clearing from the south early Saturday. During Sunday and Monday a mix of cloudy and fine weather with the odd light shower possible.

OTAGO and SOUTHLAND: Mainly fine inland today but about the south coast and Stewart Island cloudy with light showers. Tomorrow cloud increasing with rain or showers in the west after dark spreading elsewhere early Saturday with snow briefly to low levels. Showers then becoming confined to the coasts with skies clearing inland. Further showers Sunday and Monday about the south coast, elsewhere long fine periods.

CHATHAM ISLANDS: Continuing cold with showery periods at times. Winds mainly cold southwesterlies.

END

(c) Copyright Weather Workshop Limited 1999

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