March 5, 2010

MetService has issued a Severe Weather Watch for wind and rain affecting eastern parts of the North Island from Sunday until Tuesday, as a low pressure system edges closer to East Cape.

“The low is slow-moving and likely to be closest to the North Island late on Sunday before moving away”, commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt.

Winds from the southerly quarter are forecast to affect all of the North Island this weekend and early next week.   They may reach gale force near the Gisborne coast north of Tolaga Bay, near the eastern ranges of the Bay of Plenty and Taupo, about south Taranaki, and through Cook Strait.

Mr. McDavitt added that rain from this low system should be gradually spread out over several days.  “This may well be beneficial for farmers and fire fighters, but problematic for apple pickers. The highest rainfalls are likely to be about the Gisborne hills, the ranges feeding the Waipaoa River, and the ranges of northern Hawke’s Bay on Sunday and Monday.”

“A change in the track of the low will change the weather forecast. So MetService is advising people to ensure they double check that they have the latest weather forecasts as they plan their activities for the weekend and early next week”.

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

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