Monday, April 15, 2024

MetService Weather News Release - Settled Start to the School Holidays


Settled Start to the School Holidays


Covering period of Monday 15 - Thursday 18 April

As the remnants of the weather system from last week move away to the east, the first week of the April school holidays begins with settled weather. Although MetService is forecasting cloud and showers at times, there will be plenty of blue skies and sunshine to go around, before we reach a potentially damp weekend.


This week begins with short-lived, isolated showers speckled across the western halves of both the North and South Islands, but a ridge of high pressure rules the situation over country. Eastern regions can expect a dry Monday, though shorter days and weaker sunshine at this time of the year combined with light winds means morning cloud will take longer to clear up over the day – if at all.

A weak cold front moves onto the lower South Island before dawn on Tuesday, bringing rain about Southland and Otago in the morning, and the west coast of the South Island in the afternoon and evening. The front quickly loses steam as it tracks northwards and anticipated rainfall totals are well below those seen last week. 

MetService meteorologist Clare O’Connor details, “The good news for the west coast is that after this band of rain, they can expect a couple of dry days over Wednesday and Thursday. Eastern regions are expected to miss most of the rain, although a few showers may crop up as everything moves through. Despite this, no matter where you are spending the next few days you can expect some sunshine.”

A shift in the weather is in store later this week, as a low-pressure system tracks over the Tasman Sea towards Aotearoa. The outlook indicates the possibility of a wet weekend over the North Island and cooler conditions in the South Island. MetService recommends keeping up to date with the latest forecasts and severe weather alerts on, especially anyone planning to travel over the weekend. 

MetService Communications.

Pigeon Post News, Richmond.

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