Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 

This Week: Windy, Briefly Wet, Then Cooler

A ridge of high pressure is in place over Aotearoa, leading to mainly fine conditions. Strong northwesterlies ahead of a front affect eastern parts of southern and central New Zealand early this week and MetService has issued warnings and watches. The front then brings rain to the west of the South Island on Monday and Tuesday, and a few showers in the east. The North Island is in for a brief spell of showers on Wednesday as the front goes through. Behind this front is a cooler airmass, which brings a drop in temperature with the front. A new ridge establishes on Friday but is displaced by another front during the weekend.

This changeable pattern is typical of the season. MetService meteorologist Andrew James explains “Spring is the windiest season. Winds are driven by temperature difference over a large scale. At this time of year, the northern part of the southern hemisphere warms up much faster the Antarctic, leading to the largest temperature differences and hence the strongest winds. These strong westerlies move fronts over New Zealand at a rapid pace, so spring is typically changeable”

The front brings rain to the west of the South Island from late today into tomorrow, and Severe Weather Watches have been issued for heavy rain about the ranges. The Southern Alps provide sheltering for the east coast, so Cantabrians should expect just a few showers tomorrow. The front weakens rapidly as it moves north, so the North Island is only in for an hour or two of wet weather – starting for Wellington after dark on Tuesday and affecting Auckland on Wednesday afternoon.

The front also drops temperatures. “A front is the boundary between two airmasses” says James, “warm air currently over the country has allowed low cloud and fog to plague the mornings from about Whanganui northwards. Cooler air moves in with this front and a ridge develops - the perfect setup for frosty mornings. Growers in both islands will have to be alert from Friday morning.”

“The chilly start might be bit of a shock for Kiwis who had the shorts out after the warm weekend – especially for those in the east, where the strong northwesterlies have driven up the temperatures. Blenheim is expected to reach 26 today and then drop to 1C Friday morning, it is a similar story right up the east of both islands”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

RNZ: Porirua Most Expensive Region To Rent, According To Trade Me

A rental website shows this town is now New Zealand's most expensive region to rent a house, ahead of Wellington and Auckland cities. More>>

ALSO:


Stats NZ: Nearly 1,000 More Big Businesses Now Than Two Decades Ago – Media Release

There are now 2,690 big businesses in New Zealand employing more than 100 staff – nearly 1,000 or 58 percent more than 20 years ago, Stats NZ said today. Over the 20 years to February 2020, the total number of enterprises in New Zealand increased ... More>>

ALSO:

RNZ: Housing Boom Could Get Worse, Economist Warns

Economists are calling on the Reserve Bank to reinstate lending restrictions, warning the housing market is spiralling out of control. More>>

ALSO:

Westpac: Sets Out Plan To Go Cheque-Free

Westpac NZ has announced details of its plan to phase out cheques, after signalling in May that it would be supporting a move to other forms of payment. Cheques will cease to be available as a means of payment after 25 June 2021. Westpac NZ General ... More>>

ALSO:

NZTA: Major New Zealand Upgrade Programme Projects Go To Tender

Two major New Zealand Upgrade Programme projects are beginning tenders for construction. The New Zealand Upgrade Programme is a $6.8 billion investment to get our cities moving, to save lives and boost productivity in growth areas. The first Auckland ... More>>

Reserve Bank: RBNZ Seeks To Preserve Benefits Of Cash

The Reserve Bank – Te Pūtea Matua is taking on a new role of steward of the cash system “to preserve the benefits of cash for all who need them”, Assistant Governor Christian Hawkesby told the Royal Numismatics Society of New Zealand annual conference ... More>>

ALSO:


CERT NZ: Malicious Computer Virus Targeting New Zealanders

CERT NZ, the government agency which supports organisations and individuals affected by cyber security incidents, says a recent surge of increasingly sophisticated malware attacks is affecting everyday New Zealanders as well as large organisations. The ... More>>

ALSO:

Economy: NZ Small Business Recovery Continues In September

Xero, the global small business platform, today released its Small Business Insights (XSBI) for September revealing an uptick in small business jobs and year-on-year revenue growth in New Zealand. Nationwide, the average number of jobs in the small ... More>>

ALSO:


Courts: Businessman Eric Watson Sentenced To A Four-Month Jail Term

New Zealand businessman Eric Watson has been sentenced to a four-month jail term in the UK for contempt of court, TVNZ reports. More>>

OECD: Area Employment Rate Falls By 4.0 Percentage Points, To 64.6% In Second Quarter Of 2020

The OECD area employment rate – the share of the working-age population with jobs – fell by 4.0 percentage points, to 64.6%, in the second quarter of 2020, its lowest level since the fourth quarter of 2010. Across the OECD area, 560 million persons ... More>>

Spark: Turns On 5G In Auckland And Offers A Glimpse Into The Future Of Smart Cities

Spark turned on 5G in downtown Auckland today and has partnered with Auckland Transport (AT) to showcase some of the latest in IoT (Internet of Things) technology and demonstrate what the future could look like for Auckland’s CBD with the power of 5G. 5G is ... More>>

Stats NZ: Monthly Migration Remains Low

Since the border closed in late-March 2020, net migration has averaged about 300 a month, Stats NZ said today. In the five months from April to August 2020, overall net migration was provisionally estimated at 1,700. This was made up of a net gain ... More>>