Friday, August 25, 2023

Weather — If you are up for Saturday sports it will be a chilly start to the morning

Cold end to an already chilly August

Covering period of Fri 25 - Sun 27 August

A ridge of high pressure remains over the country, bringing settled conditions for the rest of the working week. However, a few showers will affect the upper North Island and the Far South, but for much of Aotearoa New Zealand it’s light winds, clear skies and cold nights. From this weekend MetService is however, forecasting a cold end to an already chilly month as winds tip to the southwest. 

It will be another calm, cold and frosty start on Saturday morning for many with areas of low cloud and fog about.  

MetService Meteorologist Amy Loots says, “If you’re out early for Saturday morning sports, in Nelson or Tasman, wrap up warm as it’ll be a chilly start, but the sun should come out by mid-morning and warm things up.” 

“Nelson Airport is running colder than average for August, but just over a degree, and also slightly drier than the long term average.”

“Looking ahead, the last week of August also looks cold in sunny nelson, but not as cold as it has been the few weeks.”

A series of fronts are expected to move up the lower South Island on Saturday, bringing rain to Westland, Southland, and Otago. The fronts weaken as they push further north and onto the North Island on Sunday, however, Saturday is the pick of the weekend. 

“While there is minimal risk of severe weather associated with these fronts, there may be snow fall about some higher roads, especially on Sunday so make sure to stay up to date with the relevant forecasts,” Loots said.  

Following the fronts, a cold showery southwest flow spreads over the country and persists into next week. With these cold temperatures, this month is shaping up to be a cold August for Nelson and Tasman. This comes off the back of three warmer than average winters, driven by La Niña sitting on top of an underlying warming climate and as we head into spring the outlook looks cold – typical for El Nino spring in new Zealand.



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