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Showery for Now but Not for Long

MetService is forecasting a showery and humid start to the week, with a drier sunnier end to bring in the summer mood.

Showery weather dominates the scene, with current forecasts indicating sporadic wet weather across much of the country. In step with the showery conditions, localised thunderstorms are possible over the next couple of days.

“The current conditions over New Zealand are ideal for thunderstorm development; good heating from the sun, humid air and colder temperatures higher in the atmosphere,” explains MetService Meteorologist Tui McInnes. “However, while the risk of thunderstorms is broad, these phenomena are localised and isolated in nature. This means that while you may be in an area of risk, you may not hear any thunder,” he says.

The warm, humid air is making for muggy days, but this isn’t set to last. “Southerlies briefly set up over the country as we reach mid-week,” says McInnes, “and these winds act to dry out the humidity, and lower temperatures slightly.”

Luckily, we’re in summer. So, while we can expect some lower temperatures, don’t expect it to get too nippy! “The temperatures will be cooler than the start of the week, but we’re still looking at afternoon temperatures reaching the mid-teens,” McInnes comments.

There is light at the end of the tunnel. Ending on a high, settled weather across the country leads us into the weekend. McInnes’ forecast: “Kiwis can expect some warmer temperatures, lighter winds and potentially sunny skies, making way for that summer feeling.”

Meanwhile in the Tropics, Cyclone Owen was named by TCWC Brisbane Sunday evening, the second cyclone of the season in the South Pacific/Coral Sea area. Owen is forecast to remain slow moving over the Coral Sea this week and poses no threat to New Zealand.

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