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Settled weather anticipated for Easter weekend

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After a soggy and thundery week for many, MetService is forecasting relatively settled weather for the Easter weekend.

Thunderstorms have been rumbling across the North Island over the last three days, creating localised downpours, and sparking hundreds of lightning strikes.

Rotorua was the latest centre to get doused, with recorded hourly rainfall amounts over 39mm on Wednesday night.

“Warm, humid air, and unstable conditions have provided the ‘juice’ to fuel all the recent wild weather,” explains MetService meteorologist Tahlia Crabtree.

A front tracks up the country on Good Friday, replacing the humid air with cool southwesterlies. “It’s the South Island’s turn for rain. So far they’ve escaped the action,” says Crabtree.

The cold air will briefly bring snowfall to Fiordland, Mount Aspiring/Tititea and Mount Cook/Aoraki National Parks. 

Saturday and Easter Sunday are set to be dry, settled, and mostly sunny, although it’s looking breezy for the Easter morning egg hunt. 

The long weekend wraps up with a typical westerly flow, but most holidaymakers can expect a dry run for travels home.

As for the rest of April, the first half of the month should run drier than usual, except for the West Coast South Island. A wetter second half of April is signalled for all areas. 

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