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Clear night for most on Guy Fawkes, but Big Change Coming

05 November 2018

It is an easy start to the week weather-wise with all areas seeing an improvement following the active weather of Saturday. This is good news for the Guy Fawkes celebrations around the country. “As such, we expect a good evening for fireworks displays tonight,” Meteorologist Gerrit Keyser says. “However fireworks can also be dangerous particularly when its windy or dry. We urge anyone setting of fireworks to following the guidance of Fire and Emergency New Zealand.” Lighting fireworks safely tips can be found at

Tuesday goes one up on Monday as the good weather continues, but things change from Wednesday onwards as a front moves onto the South Island with heavy rain and strong to gale force winds possible for the latter part of the week.

The front moves up the South Island during Wednesday and Thursday and stalls over the northern parts of the Island on Friday due to an approaching low over the Tasman Sea. For the North Island, cloudier and showery weather spreads into western areas from mid-week, but the main rainband only reaches the North Island on the weekend.

“As we’re looking ahead to changeable and potentially severe weather, we urge you to keep up to date with the latest forecast for this coming event.” Gerrit says. “This week’s severe weather outlook includes the possibility of heavy rain and severe gales.” The severe weather outlook can be found on at

While the front is set to bring lower temperatures and severe weather to the South Island and lower North Island, farther north settled and warmer weather continues ahead of the front. Temperatures along the east coast in particular are set to reach the high twenties from midweek.


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