Archive for April, 2010

NORTHERN RAIN NOT AS INTENSE

April 27, 2010

MetService has issued updated Severe Weather Warnings for heavy rain over Fiordland, Westland and Northwest Nelson, and extended a Severe Weather Watch for rain in the Paparoa Ranges, Buller, Taranaki and Eastern Bay of Plenty, and also for wind in Canterbury, Otago and Southland.

“The rain band that had a major impact in the south is now on the move” commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt. “It brought inland Southland their wettest period in years.  Things will not be as intense in the north as they were in the south, but rain should be briefly heavy over the Paparoa Ranges, Buller and Mount Taranaki.  The parched pastures between Northland and Waikato are likely to receive around 10 to 20 mm of rain, possibly more in a few locations.”

McDavitt added that the rain band may stall over the Eastern Bay of Plenty Ranges on Wednesday.  “We have issued a Severe Weather Watch for heavy rain there, and that means people in the area should check for weather updates, in case a warning is required.”

A deep low-pressure system is expected to move southeastwards past Fiordland and Southland tonight and on Wednesday morning.  “Gale force winds from the northwest are likely in Foveaux Strait, and exposed inland parts of Southland, Otago and Canterbury tonight and before dawn on Wednesday.  Wind gusts may reach severe gale force, making driving conditions difficult.  Travellers are reminded to keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts and warnings.”

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

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