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> Weather January in New Zealand, by Ken Ring
post Jan 6 2009, 05:28 PM
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NZ weather update
3rd-10th: Warmer northerlies flow over NZ. Changeable westerlies prevail
through to 10th. Highlights over the next 4 weeks may be wet and cloudy in
Westland and along the Southland coast, very dry in the N and some eastern
areas, and windy in places. Rainfall may be low in places in Northland,
Auckland and some eastern regions of both islands. The period may also be
windy and warm, caused by anticyclones to the north of the country with
frequent W/NW airstreams over the SI. The average temperature for the whole
country may be half a degree above average over the next 4 weeks. This
continues the trend of above average temperatures begun in June 2006.
However, temperatures may be below average in S Westland. Warmest
temperatures may be in Central Otago. In contrast, the W/NW winds may keep
temperatures close to average in Wellington, Nelson, N Westland and
Fiordland. Anticyclones may track over the N of NZ with frequent W/NW
airstreams over the rest of the country. As a result it could be windier
then usual especially around Wellington. About 17th, high winds from the NW
may affect Canterbury. For Wellington it may prove to be one of the
windiest Januarys on record.
11th- Feb 2nd: Some falls expected in the NI this coming weekend, 10th-12th,
clearing by Tuesday, but no significant rainfall in Northland, Auckland, HB,
S Cant and Otago until February 2nd.
For where rain may fall for the whole country for January and February,
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Despite odd thunderstorms, most places may be drier than average. Driest:
Northland, Auckland and Hawkes Bay. In second half of the month, the wettest
may be SI west coast, Southland and S Canterbury. Southern Hawkes Bay,
Masterton and the top of the SI may get most sunshine. Warmest may be HB,
and Marlborough to Otago. Depressions pass through the country in the second
and last weeks, and to the south of the NI in the third week. Frosts may
come to Central NI and Southland around 19th-20th. Soil moisture levels may
be low over NI, Marlborough, Nelson and Canterbury. Increased fire risk for
BoP and HB.

Most likely rainfall times by region in rest of January:
Northland to Hamilton incl BoP: 7th-8th, 12th, 17th, 25th-26th, 31st
(heaviest 2nd, 26th)
Western, Central North Is: 6th-8th, 11th-12th, 17th-19th, 24th-26th,
30th-31st (heaviest 17th, 26th)
Taupo: 1st, 8th, 11th, 17th, 25th-26th, 30th(heaviest 26th)
Gisborne, HB: 10th-12th, 19th, 26th, 29th (heaviest 10th)
Lower North Is: 8th-12th, 17th-19th, 24th-26th, 28th, 30th-31st (heaviest
19th, 26th)
Nelson and Marlborough: 7th, 11th, 17th-19th, 25th-26th, 30th-31st
(heaviest 11th, 30th)
Canterbury: 6th-7th, 11th-12th, 17th-18th, 26th, 28th-31st (heaviest 11th,
Inland Otago: 7th, 11th, 15th-18th, 25th-28th (heaviest 5th, 11th)
Coastal Otago: 7th-12th, 15th-19th, 26th-29th, 31st (heaviest 15th, 26th)
Southland: 7th-9th, 11th-12th, 14th-19th, 24th-28th (heaviest 3rd, 5th,
Buller/West Coast/Fiordland: 3rd-11th, 15th-18th, 24th-26th, 29th-31st
(heaviest 15th-18th)
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post Jan 7 2009, 10:09 AM
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Wow, pretty detailed. Doesn't sound too shabby to me.

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