Improving weather over Easter weekend

April 17, 2014

The weather will gradually improve over Easter weekend as the active tropical low loosens its grip on the country and drifts away to the south.

MetService Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented, “The ugliest part of the weekend weather will be on Thursday. Once the strong winds and heavy rain ease away, it will look far quieter and brighter. This should happen by Easter Sunday.”

The intense band of rain and strong to severe gales will sink south to engulf central parts of New Zealand by the end of Thursday followed by slowly improving weather in the far north. The wet and windy weather will still affect eastern parts of the South Island early on Good Friday, but it will improve gradually here too as the tropical low drifts south away from the country.

The rest of Easter weekend will bring a few passing troughs which could bring a bout of showers especially on the western coast, whereas eastern locations will stay mainly dry.

Keep up to date with the latest forecasts and any watches/warnings at metservice.com or on mobile devices at m.metservice.com. You can also follow our updates on MetService TV, @metservice on Twitter and at blog.metservice.com.

For further information please contact:
Daniel Corbett Media and Communications Meteorologist (04)4700 754

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