Tuesday 18th February, 2020
Showers linger on the West Coast today while elsewhere in the South Island showers develop, especially around the lower eastern side. The North Island is fairly humid with cloudy areas but again mainly to completely dry. Canterbury also looks mainly to completely dry.
14 day outlook
Further remnants of ex-Cyclone Uesi bring more rain to the West Coast today while elsewhere humidity levels are up coupled with daytime heat to produce afternoon downpours. By mid to late week a new low will form int he Tasman Sea and should send a weak cold front into the North Island and West Coast this weekend - then falls apart over the North Island on Sunday. Between the daily downpours and weekend broken front this means there will be some isolated areas of relief coming - but it is hit and miss and will not "undo" the droughts. A new tropical cyclone well to NZ's north east won't impact our weather to any serious degree.
We have droughts in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Gisborne and North Canterbury with other regions in a serious 'big dry' and this week there is some chance of isolated downpours bringing localised pockets of grass growth back. But it depends on if it's a one off shower, or a few days of downpours especially with grass dying or now dead in many places. In Southland further rain coupled with warmer weather may see a positive pasture spike, same story on the West Coast too.
Percipitation (%) during the period Sunday 16th February - Monday 24th February 2020