Thursday, January 12, 2023

High pressure brings respite following Cyclone Hale

Hints that active weather systems could develop in the tropics next week


Covering period of Thursday 12 - Monday 16 January

The remnants of Cyclone Hale are moving away to the east of New Zealand today, and MetService is forecasting high pressure to bring settled conditions through the weekend.

An Orange Warning for heavy rain is in place for Waitomo and Waikato south of Hamilton until 1pm this (Thursday) afternoon. Corrigan confirms, “This is the last of the severe weather associated with Cyclone Hale before we can look forward to some more classical summery conditions with an oncoming area of high pressure.” 


Temperatures over the coming days are forecast to be typical for mid-January with a couple of exceptions. Cooler cloudy weather with southerlies and the odd shower is expected in eastern North Island regions with daytime highs around 20°C. Southland and Central Otago will have a hot and sunny Sunday with temperatures in the high twenties, and 30°C is currently forecast for Alexandra. 


Speaking of hot days, Hokitika has recorded three out of its five highest temperatures (records since 1963) in the last week thanks to sunny skies and a southeasterly Föhn wind blowing across the Southern Alps around the southern edge of Cyclone Hale. They reached 28.8°C yesterday afternoon, their third hottest temperature on record.

Our forecasters are continually monitoring the tropics, and there are hints that active weather systems could develop there next week. If any tropical weather systems do threaten to head towards the country, then MetService will have all the updates on our website and social media.

MetService Forecast for Tasman:


 13 JAN

A fine morning, apart from early showers west of Motueka. Cloud and isolated showers developing inland from afternoon, becoming cloudy everywhere in the evening. Light winds, but easterlies for Golden Bay.

Issued: 10:50am Thu 12 Jan


 14 JAN

Mainly fine. Isolated showers about the ranges. Light winds, but easterlies at times in Golden Bay.

Issued: 9:24am Thu 12 Jan


 15 JAN

Partly cloudy, with a few showers in the afternoon and evening. Light winds.

Issued: 10:45am Thu 12 Jan


 16 JAN

Fine, then a few showers developing in the afternoon. Light winds and sea breezes.

Issued: 10:45am Thu 12 Jan


Pigeon Post News, Richmond

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