All Black and white weather in New Zealand

20th June, 2017

Whilst in parts of the UK we have been sweltering in heat of over 30 degrees Celsius, the British and Irish Lions are approaching the First Test against the All Blacks at Eden Park, Auckland with a different set of weather conditions…incessant rain!

Rain in the north snow in the south
Auckland is on the North Island and has a typically British climate. Rain is forecast for Saturday’s match which might suit the Lions’ playing style a little more than that of the All Blacks but both teams will be used to the wet turf.

But in sporting parlance, rather than ‘a game of two halves’, New Zealand could experience ‘weather of two halves’ this week. Whilst Northern parts of the country could be hammered by heavy rain, the south could get snow, in what one forecaster has described as ‘a battle of weather systems’.

Snow is forecast because a low pressure system, bringing periods of rain and strong north-easterly winds, is expected to move south where it will collide with a ridge of high pressure. 

Snowy playground for international skiers
New Zealand might not be the first country you think of for snow but it is one of the Southern Hemisphere’s thriving ski destinations offering holidaymakers over 30 resorts.

The Southern Alps, or Kā Tiritiri-o-te-Moana to give it its Maori name, is a mountain range extending along much of the length of New Zealand's South Island. The Southern Alps were named by Captain Cook on 23 March 1770 and runs 500km north to south. The tallest peak, Mount Cook (Aoraki), is the highest point in New Zealand at 3,724m (12,218ft) and there are sixteen other points in the range that exceed 3,000m (9,800ft).

Glacial ice and mountain top gliding
The mountains are cut through with glacial valleys and lakes. The longest glacier is Tasman Glacier which is 29km – that’s an awful lot of ice!
And, because of its orientation, perpendicular to the prevailing westerly winds, the range creates excellent wave soaring conditions for glider pilots. The town of Omarama, in the lee of the mountains, has gained an international reputation for its gliding conditions.

Plan for the winter’s snow and ice conditions now before it arrives later in the year
So, with New Zealand’s weather getting a good airing this month as the Lions continue their tour around the North and South Islands, now is a good time to think about how your premises are going to cope with adverse weather. Make sure you never get caught out by the severe winter weather by organising your winter gritting and snow clearance today. Call us on 01728 633900 for a quote that will be tailored the requirements of your premises.

British and Irish Lions scrum down with the Maori All Balcks

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