New Zealand's wet weekWeatherwatch NZ, Monday April 22, 2013 - 17:03 EST
A low pressure system that was responsible for seeing regions of New Zealand go from drought zones to flood zones this weekend will continue to affect the nation for a few more days.
WeatherWatch.co.nz predicts the low will linger in the Tasman Sea until about Wednesday before a westerly change replaces it.
In true Autumn style the westerly will bring a variety of weather with showers, some heavy, in the mix - along with long dry spells. The westerly is likely to bring the bulk of the rain and showers to western areas of both islands from Wednesday to Friday.
The westerly flow means eastern areas are likely to be sunnier, warmer and drier than they were last week.
Another front will sweep up the country on Friday and Saturday from the south west before a new high rolls in this coming weekend.
However the high is being challenged by rainmakers - meaning the big dry may well be reversed completely for some regions before May 1st even arrives. Certainly torrential rain across the weekend reversed drought conditions for big portions of New Zealand - but follow up rain is still needed for some areas, with perhaps the exception of western Bay of Plenty and eastern Coromandel Peninsula following the weekend floods.
© Weatherzone 2013
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