Often wet this week, but enjoy some midweek magic

September 18, 2017

As a low-pressure system moves across New Zealand today, most of the country will be on the receiving end of some wet weather accompanied by Watches and Warnings. But there is some respite in the weather for some places that will see sunshine mid-week.

Today the South Island will see rain with low cloud for eastern areas, and snow is expected down to around 700 to 800 metres. The Cardrona ski field was the lucky recipient of 18cm of snow overnight last night, which should please operators and patrons.  Snow warnings have been issued for Arthur’s, Porters, Lewis and Lindis Passes, and rain watches and warnings currently cover much of southern and eastern areas.  However, the west coast will see the best of the weather today and will remain mostly dry.

The North Island is set to receive showers in most places today, with conditions looking favourable for thunderstorms and hail across central and northern areas. In addition, a strong wind watch is in force for Northland, and this also increases the chance that Auckland will see strong southwest winds overnight, as a low crosses the upper North Island.

The thunderstorm outlook is updated daily and can be found at http://www.metservice.com/warnings/thunderstorm-outlook

As the low pulls off to the east of the country tomorrow, we will see better conditions start to unfold for most of the country, although the troublesome southerly and southeast winds continue to bring rain to eastern areas of both islands and to Wellington.

Some much-needed midweek magic will set in on Wednesday as a brief ridge of high pressure produces the best day of the week weather-wise for most of New Zealand. This brief reprieve in the weather will be welcomed by most, as last week certainly lived up to Spring’s ‘wet and windy’ reputation.

Unfortunately, the fine weather give ways to yet another rain band late Wednesday into early Thursday which is expected to bring further showers for most of the country. Friday also looks rather unsettled, before the weather takes on an easing trend for the start of the weekend.

To get the most up to date information on severe weather around the country, or any other forecasts, see metservice.com or on mobile devices at m.metservice.com. You can also follow our updates on MetService TV, at MetService New Zealand on Facebook@metservice  and @MetServiceWARN on Twitter and at blog.metservice.com

Official Severe Weather Watches and Warnings are reviewed and re-issued by MetService at least every twelve hours, and more often if necessary. To get the most up to date information on severe weather around the country, or any other forecasts, see metservice.com or on mobile devices at m.metservice.com. You can also follow our updates on MetService TV, at MetService New Zealand on Facebook@metservice  and @MetServiceWARN on Twitter and at blog.metservice.com

 

MetService issues Warnings, Watches and Outlooks for severe weather over New Zealand.

Warnings are about taking action when severe weather is imminent or is occurring. They are issued only when required.
Recommendation: ACT 

Watches are about being alert when severe weather is possible, but not sufficiently imminent or certain for a Warning to be issued. They are issued only when required.
Recommendation: BE READY 

Outlooks are about looking ahead, providing advance information on possible future Watches and/or Warnings. They are issued routinely once or twice a day.
Recommendation: PLAN 

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