Some rain ahead this week
The MetService advise that on Tuesday and Wednesday, a front should move north across southern and central New Zealand, delivering a period of rain to the west and northwest gales to eastern areas.
“There is low confidence of rainfall accumulations meeting warning criteria in Fiordland and Westland on Tuesday, and for northern Westland, Buller and western Nelson on Wednesday,” says a MetService spokesperson.
“In addition, there is low confidence that north to northwest gales could become severe from Fiordland to the Canterbury High Country, and also about the Marlborough Sounds, Wellington and southern Wairarapa.”
Later Wednesday and into Thursday, the front should weaken as it moves north across the upper North Island, while a low develops east of central New Zealand.
“This low is expected to bring a period of strong, cool southerlies and rain or showers for a time later on Wednesday and during Thursday to eastern areas from Canterbury northwards. However, severe weather is not expected with this low at this stage.
“On Friday, a ridge of high pressure spreads over the country from the west and the southerly flow eases.”