March 10, 2010

South Islanders are likely to notice some cool changes in the weather over the next few days.

“Cooler air from the Southern Ocean is expected to arrive abruptly with a cold front crossing the South Island on Thursday,” commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt.

“While this isn’t expected to be an unusually cold blast, it will be the first time this year that the freezing level is likely to drop below mountain top level in the south.  A second cold front on Friday is likely to chill things further so that air temperatures in inland Otago bottom out at around 3 to 5 degrees on Saturday morning.”

Mr. McDavitt explained that southwest winds may reach gale force or stronger at times from Stewart Island to Otago Peninsula on  Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and possibly in Central Hawke’s Bay on Saturday. “Strong winds will also affect many other parts of the country during this time and people are reminded to check that they have the latest MetService weather forecast.”

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

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