Westerlies and warmer weather on the way

Typical spring weather is on its way for Otago, MetService says.

''We're getting back into a typical westerly spring pattern,'' MetService meteorologist Lisa Murray said.

''There will be strong west winds across the country.''

In Otago, ''a little bit of a ridge'' would bring scattered showers and high temperatures that were expected to peak on Wednesday.

''It might even get to 19degC in Alexandra,'' Ms Murray said.

Dunedin and Queenstown are forecast to reach 16degC on Wednesday and Wanaka is expected to get up to 17degC.

Later in the week, Ms Murray said, a northwesterly wind would sweep through, bringing stormier weather.

''As the front goes by, it'll clear up, with fine spells on Friday. And behind that front, we'll get a southwesterly.''

The southwesterly would bring ''quite strong'' winds along the coast, but would also be shortlived, Ms Murray said.

The westerly winds were typical for springtime, and usually came earlier in the season.

''We've been a bit later starting this year.''

carla.green@odt.co.nz

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