A powerful low-pressure system is currently bringing heavy rain and strong north-westerly winds to much of central and southern New Zealand. And as the front passes, it’s forecast to leave bitterly cold crop-damaging Antarctic air in its wake.
According to Metservice meteorologist Andrew James, much of central and southern New Zealand is currently on either a weather watch or warning as a potentially damaging weather front crawls up the South Island.
Heavy rain warnings are in place for Buller, Westland and the Canterbury lakes. While strong wind warnings are in effect for the Canterbury high country where gusts up to 120km/h are expected in exposed areas.
While it’s currently all rain and bluster for those parts of the country, the north-westerly winds will soon move on leaving in their wake a mass of brutally frigid Antarctic air.
“After the front goes through, it is cold in behind,” said James. “It’s going to be a bit of a shock to the system there. There’s a number of places where there’s single-digit, close-to-zero temperatures overnight.”
The city of Hastings, for example, which is located on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, will go from a daily high of 23C (73.4F) on Tuesday to an overnight low of just 3C (37.4F).
Very cold but fortunately “more settled,” is the outlook for the week ahead — cover those young, tender plants.
The cold times are returning, in line with historically low solar activity:
Prepare New Zealand.
Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift
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