Weather Brief 27 April: A Wet Weekend for Many, Then Turning CoolThe recent dry weather that New Zealand has enjoyed is about to break with the arrival of a storm this weekend. Behind this storm temperatures will turn cooler as a southwesterly flow develops.
After the incredibly heavy rain endured by much of New Zealand in the first half of April thanks to the Tropical Torrent and Cyclone Cook, the second half of the month has been generally dry as high pressure took control of the region’s weather. Unfortunately wet conditions are set to return this weekend as a storm will move across the North Island. In northern New Zealand, the best bet for dry weather will be Saturday morning, but by afternoon and evening conditions will be fairly soggy. Sunday will remain showery as well, so any outdoor plans you have may be best rescheduled for another time. The weekend rain could give the North Island a good soaking, with amounts of 20-40 mm likely in many locations.
Much of the South Island will avoid the wet weather on Saturday, with eastern areas even enjoying periods of sunshine. However, showers will become more likely in the South Island on Sunday, so you may want to keep an umbrella handy.
Once the weekend storm passes winds will shift to the south, ushering in noticeably cooler air to start next week. High temperatures on Monday will be several degrees below average across New Zealand, with the overnights being chilly as well. You’ll certainly want to bring a coat with you if you’ll be out in the evenings or during your morning commute. While temperatures may rebound a bit in the middle of next week, a reinforcing shot of cold air will arrive behind a front on Thursday.
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