Thursday, February 2, 2023

Weather for Tasman


MetService - New set of warnings issued but not in the Upper South


Covering period of Thursday 2 - Monday 6 February

MetService has issued a new set of Heavy Rain Warnings and Watches for further rain around Aotearoa as we head into Waitangi Weekend. 

The warm, humid air which played a part in record-breaking rain around Auckland last Friday is still bringing rain to our shores today (Thursday). MetService Orange Warnings for Heavy Rain are currently in force around western Bay of Plenty but also Westland south of Otira with Heavy Rain Watches for Northland, Auckland, Coromandel, remaining Bay of Plenty, Taranaki and northern parts of Fiordland. Currently none of these are red warnings but there is still a risk of significant impacts with MetService Orange Warnings, especially when downpours and thunderstorms are involved so keeping up-to-date with the MetService forecast is advised.

MetService meteorologist Lewis Ferris warns, “Rain falling onto already sodden ground will pool faster and impacts/delays should be expected where heavy rain falls but Saturday and Sunday will give a decent chance to dry out for recently impacted areas”

The west coast of South Island had a relatively dry January, but they are kicking off February with a run of rain from today through to Monday with a bit of respite on Saturday.

“This may come as welcome news to those on tank water in the region but with less rain than normal in January we might see a bit of debris end up on roads around Westland,” Ferris states.

The warm, humid air streaming in from the north is not only bringing rain to areas of Aotearoa New Zealand  but is continuing to  pump up temperatures around the south and east of  South Island. Temperatures in the high 20s or low 30s will be common from Blenheim down to Invercargill from today (Thursday) through Sunday and heat alerts will likely be issued for these hotter than usual temperatures. (Note: Heat Alerts are only issued two days in advance) 

“We’re forecasting Christchurch to exceed 30°C for three

consecutive days, which has happened before but only a handful of times,” informs Ferris, “in addition the overnight temperatures are well above average so there is little reprieve from the heat. We advise people to keep hydrated, seek shade, and check in with vulnerable members of your community”

From late on Saturday, we have our next widespread band of rain moving over the country from the west, starting in the southwest it spreads over  South Island before reaching  North Island during the second half of Sunday. It does move through rather quickly, but rain will linger into Monday, especially around the North Island, easing as the day progresses for most people.

“While a front is forecast to deliver rain in the second half of the long weekend it does bring in some cooler air which might be a relief for those struggling to sleep through the heat,” states Ferris.

Forecast for the Tasman Region

No Warnings or Watches for the Upper South but there are Warnings and Watches for the central and lower West of the South Island


 3 FEB

Occasional rain, clearing in the afternoon as cloud breaks up. Northerlies, easing in the evening.

Issued: 9:33pm Thu 2 Feb


 4 FEB

Mostly cloudy. Isolated afternoon and evening showers. Northerlies.

Issued: 9:51am Thu 2 Feb


 5 FEB

Occasional rain, becoming persistent in the morning and possibly heavy later. Northerlies, turning westerly late.

Issued: 11:10am Thu 2 Feb


 6 FEB

Mostly cloudy with isolated showers. Southwesterlies developing, turning southeasterly later.

Issued: 11:10am Thu 2 Feb

From Thursday 2 Feb to Monday 6 Feb Rain, Pressure and Wind. MetService.

West Coast Weather Warning Met Service


Pigeon Post News, Richmond, Tasman.

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