A cooler and windier week ahead

Strong winds are being forecast for the area this week.

A low from the Tasman Sea is forecast to move over New Zealand early today, bringing strong winds and rain to many places.

A severe weather watch for heavy rain and strong winds is currently in place for the Bay of Plenty.

The low will also drag cooler air over the country as it pulls away to the east on Monday, says the MetService.

As the low moves away to the east today it will bring a period of strong cooler southwesterlies to many places.

The strong winds gradually ease during Monday while the rain should clear. However, westerlies develop over much of New Zealand from Tuesday as a front starts moving north over western areas.

“This cooler westerly regime should dominate our weather for the rest of the week, bringing changeable conditions to western areas,” says MetService Meteorologist Stephen Glassey.

“Last week, temperatures were warmer than average for May due to a predominant northerly flow over New Zealand.

"This week should be noticeably cooler with temperatures returning to what is normally expected in May."

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