Spring has turned into a countrywide summer this weekend, thanks to a high-pressure system in the north and warm westerly winds blowing in the south.
Auckland residents came out enjoying the sunshine yesterday after avoiding a possible lockdown with the latest Covid case genomically linked to a Defense Force cluster.
It was as if summer had arrived in Mission Bay with kids going in and out of the water – and the sand.
The summer mood continues into the day as temperatures in most major centers will hit 20 ° C, with Christchurch, Blenheim and Timaru expecting summer temperatures of 25 ° C and Tauranga 24 ° C.
Upper North Island centers can expect highest temperatures in the lowest 20s – Auckland and Hamilton should hit 22C, Rotorua 21C and Napier 23C.
Temperatures on the North Island are nearly normal for the time of year, but above average for parts of the South Island thanks to nor’westers, says MetService meteorologist Kyle Lee.
“In the east we’re talking 4C to 7C above average.”
Cooler days in the western and southern parts of the North Island – Wellington would be fine but with temperatures of 18C and New Plymouth, also good, 19C.
Most of the place will be dry, with the exception of a few parts further south, Lee said.
“The weather today is quite good. There is a bit of high pressure that keeps most of the country fine.”
Heavy rain could ruin parties in Otago, Southland and parts of Westland and a heavy rain warning has been issued for Fiordland – rain is expected to fall as high as 150mm before 9pm tonight.
Meanwhile, Sunday sunshine in most parts of the country will make way for some to kick off a humid work week.
North Islanders can expect heavy rains to spread over much of the island, from Northland to Wellington, and from Taranaki to the east.
It will be warm in Auckland, with temperatures as high as 22 ° C, but it will rain from late afternoon, with a similar story in Hamilton.
A brief afternoon of rain is expected in Wellington tomorrow, with temperatures as high as 18C.
On the South Island, rain and rain are expected to occur in many places during the day, before it clears up at night.