March 15, 2010

MetService is forecasting that a cold front moving over the South Island on Tuesday may be briefly squally, and bring an abrupt drop in temperature.

“Winds may gust around 100 kilometres per hour with the onset on this front especially along the coast from Dunedin to Christchurch”, commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt. “A dusting of snow is likely on the high ground of South Otago.”

On Tuesday night and Wednesday morning the front is expected to become less active as it moves onto the southern end of the North Island.  Clearing skies over Otago may allow air temperatures to plummet to near zero.

According to Mr. McDavitt, temperatures over the eastern South Island are likely to behave like a roller coaster. “Queenstown is forecast to reach 20 degrees during the day on Tuesday and then plunge to 2 degrees for Wednesday morning.  Christchurch should go up to 25 degrees and then drop to around 7, and Dunedin should drop from 17 to 7.  Things are expected to warm to 20 degrees again by the weekend.”

High country farmers and those likely to be affected by this abrupt drop in temperature are advised to plan accordingly and double check the latest weather forecasts and warnings from the MetService web site.

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

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