Blustery winds throughout New Zealand

Over this past weekend, a substantial low pressure system brought rain and wind to most of New Zealand. In Auckland, for example, winds surpassed 100 km/hr in multiple areas. In Wellington, winds reached a gusting 140 km/hr. Fast winds also hit the east coast of both islands. Forecaster Cameron Coutts of the MetService commented that the low front has brought particularly strong northeasterlies, which have come up against lots of new growth on trees. Drivers should exercise caution heading into the beginning of the week, as branches blown off may still be in the roads.

Widespread rain

The low has also brought rain to most of New Zealand, including parts of Northland, Auckland, and Coromandel Peninsula that have been going through a summer dry spell. The rain there, recorded as between 10 and 80 mm of rainfall, was most welcome. Residents with water tanks are likely grateful for the refill as they head into a new week.

Low ending Monday

The weekend’s low is moving away to the southeast, and the most dramatic windy and rainy weather should be over by Monday afternoon. However, the weather is likely to remain “unsettled,” to use the MetService’s words, throughout the week and heading into February. The North Island, on the other hand, can expect relatively settled weather.

Preparing for inconsistent weather

This past week has been a perfect case study of inconsistent New Zealand summer weather: wet one day and dry the next. Particularly if you live in an area prone to dry spells, you may want to prepare by installing a water tank in your yard. A water tank enables you to take advantage of rainwater and find a bright side in rainy weather. New fronts are on the way as we approach the  end of January, so it’s a good time to buy and set up a water tank if you don’t have one already. If you are considering a water tank, you can use Alkatuff’s poly tank locator to find a high-quality tank manufacturer located near you. If you already have a tank, happy collecting, and we hope you enjoy the summer’s sunny moments as well!