The first week was dominated by a rapidly developing low pressure system, which brought heavy rain to many North Island locations, as well as the north and east of the South Island. However, high pressure is expected to dominate over the North Island this week, while westerlies will start firing up over the South Island, resulting in a forecast for above average rainfall for the west of the South Island. Near normal rainfall is forecast for the remainder of the South Island. For the remainder of January, the west of the North Island is forecast to receive about average rainfall, while the east of the North Island is expected to run slightly drier than usual.
Temperatures are forecast to track slightly warmer than average in the South Island this week, before tending more towards average for the remainder of the month. In the North Island, temperatures are forecast to be average to slightly above average.
Watch the full forecast above with Lisa Murray from Met Service filling in for our RadioLIVE weather commentator, Richard Green.
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