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VIDEO: High dominates – but lows return in a week

As we keep saying a “huge high” is over the top of NZ this week, mostly the South Island – which allows cloud and a few isolated showers to sneak into the eastern and upper North Island.

Most of NZ is drier than average for the next week ahead.

However next week the second week of the school holidays may be different as the high slinks off to our south-east and a new low pressure zone(s) forms over the Tasman Sea. Next week may have milder weather but also rain returning too.

We have your forecast for the rest of this week, weekend and the start of next week.

*We have no videos on Thursday due to travel.
*Wednesday will have both our NZ forecast and our 7 Day Australia forecast (one day forward as usually on a Thursday).
*Friday has the usual 7 day ‘RainWatch’ update for NZ.


Pete on 9/07/2024 1:36am

Love your videos – best out there – I really think you would get a lot of cut through with a snow forecast once a week in the three months that count.


WW Forecast Team on 9/07/2024 1:55am

Hi Pete, thanks very much for the support! Yes we’re keen to – but right now we don’t have the spare time or the best maps to create the videos – but we’re hoping to partner with others to do this for next year and have already started work on a snow page.
– WW

Terry on 9/07/2024 12:53am


Any signs of a major cold outbreak headed for NZ any time soon?

Is that big cold front passing through Australia late this week going to make its way to us over here?

We haven’t had any snow to Queenstown Lake level yet this year which is quite unusual, hoping this cold front changes things.

WW Forecast Team on 9/07/2024 4:51am

Hi Terry, within the next 7 to 10 days it doesn’t look very likely. Temperatures are above normal now in the days ahead, especially this weekend. Cold nights still though, but not as cold as normal – and very dry. We need high pressure over Tasmania shaped north to south to really dredge up a southerly for us, at the moments it’s over us and as it moves away it will likely drag in some milder weather… perhaps after that might be the next chance. Interestingly the Australian Alps have had more snow lately than NZ, and also -12 to -14C in Tasmania last week!
Phil D

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