New Zealand Forecast Thursday July 30th – Warm Northerlies Into Early Next Week, But Then Snow!

July 30th, 2020
Treble Cone looking enticing last week. There’s some mucky weather on the way, but a return to powder next week. Photo: Treble Cone


Mountainwatch| The Grasshopper

Valid Thursday 30thJuly – Monday 3rdAugust

New Zealand will remain stuck in this nauseating warm northerly flow through into early next week, bringing mostly cloud and some light rain to South Island ski fields. It’s not what the doctor ordered, but don’t despair because the troposphere is cooking up a potent tonic, which should arrive later next week and give ski fields a much needed boost.


Warm northerlies through into early next week as NZ remains stuck between a Low in the Tasman Sea and a High to the east, urghh! Source: NZ Metservice (Vandalised by the Grasshopper)


Note: The detailed forecast below is for South Island ski fields.

Thursday 30th

A deck of mid-high cloud over the will keep the sun at bay today. Warm N-NW winds, strong about the high ground

Friday 31st

Light rain at times over the Southern Lakes, and mid-high cloud over Canterbury again. Northerly winds, strong about the tops.

Saturday 1st

Another cloudy day, with a few spots of light rain for the Southern Lakes, possibly falling as snow about the tops. Northerly winds, strong up top again.

Sunday 2nd

A copy and paste from the previous day’s weather – Cloudy, with rain at times over the Southern Lakes, possibly falling as snow about the tops where N-NW winds will be strong.

Monday 3rd

Any remaining spots of rain clearing the Southern Lakes and becoming sunny. Partly cloudy for Mt Hutt, but light rain likely for those fields closer to the Main Divide. NW winds.

 Extended Outlook

The same low that is expected to dump snow over the Aussie Alps should bring snow to the South Island from next Thursday as it tracks south of New Zealand. There’ll be some decent snowfalls blowing in from the west, before a second low crosses the country next weekend and really gets things going with icy southerlies. If the current forecast stands, this will be the dump of the season so far and will give us that much-needed boost.

That’s all from me today, guys. Check in on Monday for the next forecast.