Thursday 12th December, 2019
Some patchy showers around Gisborne and northern Hawke's Bay. There may be a downpour further inland around the Central North Island. In the South Island some showers or rain in Fiordland may see a few spits into Southland and potentially an afternoon downpour inland. Otherwise dry nationwide today with light winds.
14 day outlook
The messy set up around NZ continues with air pressure around average (not too high, not too low). Air pressure is low enough to produce rain - but air pressure is high enough to make it sluggish. For example, we expect a few showers in the east of the North Island today but it's so weak it's hard to pinpoint who precisely gets the wet weather and who misses out. Heavy rain on West Coast this Friday looks to disintegrate by nighttime. But next Tuesday we do see a chance of more widespread rain as a sub-tropical nor'easter. Another chance for rain in our driest regions. Following on from that most parts of NZ lean drier again with high pressure from Aussie returning.
The unsettled pattern is good for pasture growth. Unsettled doesn't always mean stormy, it just means we have changeable conditions - or sometimes unpredictable. Over the next week NZ will have a messier mix of places leaning wetter and drier than average (sometimes there's a clean west/east divide). The messy (hit and miss) set up is due to daytime downpours and some low pressure mixed in with high pressure. Put simply, this chaos means many places should see pasture growth improvement.