Today's situationFriday 16th, August 2019
FRIDAY: Rain develops on the West Coast, later spreads into Southland. Dry in the east and most of the north.
14 day outlook
More wind and rain is on the way for New Zealand but we have some calm, dry, days in there too. This Saturday a cold southerly moves up the South Island and brings cold rain and snow into the mountains and ranges. In fact for a time it may fall as low as 100 or 200m around Southland. On Sunday the rain transfer to the upper North Island and many other regions dry out. Monday looks fairly settled in both islands but it's all ahead of a windy week of westerlies which moves in around Tuesday or Wednesday. There may be some large lows next week too in the NZ area. Next week looks driest in the east, wettest in the west.
Most of NZ has no soil moisture deficit now, as to be expected in mid-winter! More rain is on the way in the week or two ahead with a number of weak lows and western fronts. Frosty weather is limited with many more nights frost free. We also have some warmer than average days in the mix. Rain leans west, drier weather leans east. Overall this is a positive forecast nationwide for a pasture growth bump next 7 days, even if small.