High and dry in January

People are expected to flock to Mount Main Beach as the summer weather continues this month.

MetService is forecasting a dry start to January thanks to high pressure sitting overhead, at least for the first half of the month anyway.

MetService meteorologist Jake Cope explains how the January weather looks very different to what we saw in December.

“It’s as if the weather knows it’s new year and has made a resolution to behave a little better,” he says.

“Last month was a wet one for many with lots of thunderstorms too. Parts of Bay of Plenty saw three times the December average rainfall. High pressure has put a stop to all that for January,” he confirms.

“Whilst the kind of summer downpours and thunderstorms that we saw in December aren’t unusual for the time of year, they’re much less likely whilst a large area of high pressure is covering Aotearoa. It should keep temperatures above average too.”

Jake says whilst the outlook is mainly dry, there is still some rain on the way.

“In early January we’ll see some rain sneaking around the southern flank of the high pressure, bringing a couple of wet days for the lower South Island through the first weekend of the month. We’ll see another of these from the 9th to the 11th too.

“With the exception of those two events and the odd shower here and there, it does look like a very dry start to the month.

"Into the second half of January things will start to change as the high pulls away to the north. This should allow for a wetter end to the month, particularly in Fiordland and Southland."


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