Archive for February, 2010

RAIN RETURNS TO WESTLAND

February 12, 2010

MetService is forecasting that a deep depression will cross the South Island during Saturday morning and has issued warnings for wind and rain.

On Saturday, a period of torrential rain is likely over the Southern Alps with lesser falls over the lowland parts of Westland, Buller and northwest Nelson. Also on Saturday, gale force northwesterly winds are expected to spread east from the Southern Alps into parts of Canterbury, Marlborough, Wellington and Wairarapa.

“This will be the first rain in and around Milford since the 30th of January,” commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt.  “Over the past fortnight anticyclones have been lingering in the Tasman Sea, but this event marks a change in the weather patterns around New Zealand.”

Although the rain will be welcomed by West Coast residents with low water tanks, it provides challenges to the participants in this year’s Coast to Coast race from Kumara to Sumner Beach in Christchurch.  For them the weather forecast is for heavy rain on the West Coast easing Saturday morning, winds up to 50 knots at Goat Pass, near Arthur’s Pass, then a cool southerly change with showers late on Saturday over Canterbury.

“Race organisers will be taking these conditions into account.  Anyone hoping to enjoy the outdoors over the South Island this weekend should check the latest weather updates from MetService and plan accordingly”, added Mr. McDavitt.

On Saturday afternoon and evening, as the front moves onto the southern half of the North Island, rain may become heavy about the Tararua Ranges and parts of Taranaki.

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

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