One last rough patch of weather is on its way before the
country will settle into a calm December, a forecaster says.
A surge of late spring weather which could bring
thunderstorms to the South Island is about to make its way
across the country.
But it could be the last for a number of weeks,
The low would push north over the country tomorrow, bringing
heavy rain in the west and more hot winds in the east, said
head weather analyst Philip Duncan.
The heat would also arrive tomorrow, followed by cooler
conditions spreading to most places over the weekend.
"It will be another scorcher in the east, we're predicting
Christchurch will hit the late 20s with inland parts of
Canterbury potentially hitting the low 30s again," he said.
A hot northerly and northwesterly would be moving into
Malborough, Wairarapa, Hawkes Bay and Gisborne reaching
temperatures in the early 30s.
But heading north, temperatures would drop.
"Air temperatures will drop as you head north under cloudier
weather however humidity levels will be much higher in the
north so it will feel hot and sticky, especially if the sun
comes out," Mr Duncan said.
The end of the day could see an increased risk of
thunderstorms risks for the South Island as colder air
approached from the southern ocean, he said.
These thunderstorms could continue into Thursday morning.
"As I said back in November, the spring weather pattern would
continue into the start of December - but there's a big chunk
of dry, settled, weather coming in from Australia starting
this weekend and potentially lasting up until the days before
Christmas," Mr Duncan said.
- Herald Online