May 7, 2010

MetService forecasters expect an extended period of rain over Northland starting on Saturday and probably lasting through to Tuesday. The rain will be associated with a low pressure weather system that is slow moving in the region about 500 kilometres northwest of Cape Reinga.

“For the first time in months, there’s a deepening low over the north Tasman Sea and it’s in the right place,” commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt. “At last, we expect useful amounts of rain to fall over at least part of Northland.”

McDavitt added that he expects easterly winds to bring periods of light or moderate rain to Northland with a few heavy falls in eastern areas. “Much of Northland is likely to get 40 mm or more of rain spread over three or four days, while some places in the north and east of the region could get double this. The southwest, around Kaipara Harbour, is partially sheltered in easterly winds and may receive only 10 to 20 mm.”

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

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