The sun makes a brief but welcome return

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The previous weeks have introduced winter to Aotearoa with large swells, gale southerlies and plenty of rain, but high pressure and sunshine is set to make a comeback to Tauranga this week.

The latest MetService forecasts shows high pressure sliding across the country later today, meaning wind, rain and snow take a brief break.

However, the pause in wintery weather is not set to last long, says MetService meteorologist Tom Adams.

“Unfortunately by Saturday, the next weather system is already on our shores.”

Spreading nationwide, the North Island is expected to remain settled until late Sunday afternoon.

Waikato Super Rugby fans are expected to stay dry, but are advised to check the latest forecast on the day, says Tom.

The North Island can also expect strong northerly winds by Sunday night, and particularly Bay of Plenty, Nelson, and the West Coast is at risk of heavy rain.

Once this heavy weather system moves off Monday, cold showery southerlies will arrive in time for school holidays, says Tom.

Yet good news comes with the current southerlies dropping good snow over Ruapehu and the Canterbury ski fields.

As well as the southern lakes set out for as much as half a metre out of the warmer, but more moisture-laden northwesterlies this weekend

“Winter is most definitely here” says Tom, “but there is no reason not to get out and enjoy it.”




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