Forecasters predict 'summer-like' week

Today will see the start of the "most summer-like" week this year has seen, forecasters predict.

The stormy and unsettled weather which has characterised the summer so far looks set to end tonight, for the time-being anyway.

It'll be good news for revellers making their way to Auckland's Laneway festival, after yesterday's rain and thunderstorms looked set to threaten a washout.

The city is set to see a fine day, with some southwesterly winds, and a high of 21C.

The band of rain and isolated thunderstorms which moved across the country today were set to clear overnight and leave behind a fine day for most areas, MetService said.

Any further "patchy weather" was expected to settle down by today and sunshine was due to return by mid-week, said MetService meteorologist Leigh Matheson.

WeatherWatch analyst Philip Duncan said the week ahead was shaping up to be the "most summer-like" this season had seen.

"Most regions at this stage (will have) five days of dry weather," he said.

"There's no fronts, there's no lows, just a nice big high moving in, finally."

However, he said unsettled weather in the tropics, with a number of storms forming over New Caledonia, Fiji and Queensland, could disrupt the summery feel.

"It's just a matter of time before we get one of those lows again in the north."

Main centre forecasts for the next two days:

* Dunedin: fine today with southwesterlies and a temperature of 16C. Fine with light winds on Tuesday. 

* Auckland: a fine day today with southwesterly winds and a high of 21C. The winds will ease by Tuesday;

* Hamilton: fine with southwesterlies today, a high of 24C. Winds dying out by Tuesday;

* Wellington: possibility of a morning shower today with fresh southerlies and a temperature of 16C. Tuesday would be fine with the southerlies dying out.

* Christchurch: the risk of showers around Banks Peninsula, but fine in the city today with a high of 20C. Fine on Tuesday with northeasterlies developing.

Source: MetService

- Patrice Dougan and Rebecca Quilliam of APNZ

dead right

as any long range forecasts are not reliable for Dunedin, I have also
come to believe that when the so called expert weather forecasters make one of
their predictions for the year, it is best to go opposite to what they say.   



Don't put too much emphasis on the forecast more than 3 days out.

Weather forecast

When you have lived here long enough and spent many years working outside (as i have) you would know that, in general, we get a great month when uni students are sitting exams and then its pretty much over until kids are back at school. Summer will be starting any week now and will in general be pretty settled until May/June.

In my 50 odd years living here I can only recall a couple of hot xmas days and they were in the last few years. That's my observations of it anyway. 

Yeah right!

I have noticed after the last few years how when these so called forecasters "predict" a hot dry summer, it turns out to be wet and cold. This summer thy "predicted" it will be a hot dry summer....still waiting!

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