Weekend situationSaturday 20th - Sunday 21st July, 2019
SATURDAY: Rain slides down the eastern SI with heavy falls, heavy snow in the mountains. Westerlies and showers for the NI.
SUNDAY: Showers in the eastern SI, patchy rain around East Cape and surrounding regions (BOP, Hawke's Bay). Dry elsewhere.
14 day outlook
A low pressure system is dominating New Zealand across the next few days bringing rain, showers, snow and varying wind directions. The low will be parked over central NZ for Friday and Saturday then shifts to north east of Bay of Plenty and Gisborne on Sunday. Rain will spread across both islands on Friday and Saturday with rain this weekend shifting to the eastern South Island pulled down from the sub-tropics. Rain may be heavy at times with heavy snow on the Southern Alps. Early next week winds are light and, in fact, may come in from the east for a few days. Westerlies are coming back at the end of next week (just a little later than we originally said).
Rainfall is returning to healthier levels and despite the westerly flow now dominating (and likely dominating again late next week) we are also getting some rain makers into eastern regions (like this weekend and showers next week for a time). Canterbury's now the driest region in the country soil-moisture-wise so the weekend rain will be welcome, even if a bit patchy. Next week kicks off with easterlies then turns westerly late week - this, coupled with sun, means more mild weather is coming.