January 11, 2010

MetService reports that the cold front that moved across the North Island early on Monday has left behind a pool of cool air.  This is combining with a southerly wind flow to bring showers of rain to places which have had very little rain recently.

“It looks like the daytime temperatures in the north and east of both islands will struggle to get very high this week”, said MetService Weather
Ambassador, Bob McDavitt.  “A few thundery showers are forecast for Nelson this afternoon and central and eastern parts of the North Island until Tuesday.

These showers will be so sporadic that they are unlikely to do much in terms of raising the soil moisture for the majority of Hawke’s Bay and
Gisborne.  “Northland is very dry, and parts of the region last night received around 5mm of rain from the front.  However, because of the southerly wind flow, Northland may miss out on further showers this week.”

According to Mr. McDavitt these showers may be briefly heavy in some places, dumping 10 to 20 mm in a few hours, and may even be laced with hail.  “This is enough for campers to keep a watch out for rapidly rising streams and rivers, even if the local creek beds have recently dried out.”

MetService expects another front to cross the country on Thursday and this may well also be followed by another dose of cold showers.

For further information please contact:
Bob McDavitt       Weather Ambassador           (09)377 4831

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