Archive for March, 2010

EASTER WEATHER VARIETY

March 30, 2010

MetService is forecasting a variety of weather conditions for the Easter weekend.

For South Island travellers, scattered rain in many areas is likely to affect driving conditions until Saturday, followed by clearing weather on Sunday and fine conditions on Monday.

For those travelling around the North Island, the Easter forecast is for a fine getaway on Thursday and Friday, but driving may be blemished with patchy rain on Sunday and Monday.

“The Easter weather maps are showing two weather systems moving onto New Zealand,” commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt.  “From the south, it looks as though a front may struggle to make much progress beyond the far southern parts of the South Island on Thursday and Friday and should gradually weaken.  Then, on Saturday, a new southerly wind change may cross the South Island.  At this stage, the timing of these events is approximate and may change.”

From the north,  low pressure systems are expected to occupy part of the Tasman Sea and the area to the north of the country.  Current expectations suggest they will end up east of the North Island and the main rain clouds are likely to stay out at sea rather than reach the dry farms north of Taupo.

Mr. McDavitt commented that the variety in the weather pattern just complicates matters with more than one possible outcome.  “Travellers are urged to check the MetService weather forecasts regularly during Easter so that they stay up to date with the latest expected conditions.”

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

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