This week has brought mostly calm weather, with some clouds and rain, particularly in the north. Rain will be the dominant weather through the weekend, although if you’re looking for a spot of sun, you should be able to find it on the South Island’s west coast.

Overcast and wet weather

The same easterly wind that brought rain to northern and eastern New Zealand this week will be staying strong this weekend, with warm, wet air coming in from the northwest. The drizzly weather will be extended over most of the country. Auckland can expect plenty of rain with the possibility of thunderstorms in Northland. In Wellington, the recent rain showers seem poised to continue through the weekend and into the first half of next week. Christchurch will also be seeing cloudy weather and some drizzles.

Sun on the west coast

The west coast is the exception to September’s rainy weather, staying dry through most of this month. This should stay true through this weekend; the west coast is expected to avoid rain. So if you’re looking to escape the rainfall and find some sunshine, the west coast is your best bet.

More easterlies and rain over the next few weeks

The Met Service forecasts that the easterly winds and wet weather characteristic of this week are likely to continue over the next few weeks. This weather is unusual for this time of year, when strong westerlies are more common. Meteorologists expect the normal spring pattern to reemerge, but not in the next few weeks. So bunker down for more wet weather!

Gathering up the rain

If there’s a silver lining to all the wet weather, it’s that it provides an excellent opportunity to collect rainwater. If drier weather does prevail in a few weeks, it would seem that now is the best time to save up rainwater for future use. If you already have a water tank set up in your yard, you’re all set! If you don’t have a water tank yet, now is a good time to think about buying one. When choosing a water tank, it’s important to choose one made from a durable material so that you can be confident you’re making a good investment that will last for a long time to come. Alkatuff is a strong plastic that’s made in Australia, specifically designed to withstand all the harsh weather that New Zealand can dish up. If you’re looking for a water tank, you can use the Alkatuff website to find a water tank manufacturer near you. Happy water collecting!