June 3, 2010

MetService is confident of a settled start for driving weather this Queen’s Birthday weekend.  However, late Saturday and during Sunday, an area of low pressure should spread onto the North Island and is likely to bring a burst of heavy rain to Northland, parts of Auckland, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and northern Gisborne.

“Monday’s outlook is tricky and still very uncertain”, commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt.  “At this stage it looks as though rain may linger over some eastern parts of the country in a strong onshore flow. Additionally, temperatures are likely to plummet over southern New Zealand. So, particularly in eastern and southern areas on Monday, driving conditions are likely to be some combination of cold, wet, and windy.”

“Because of Monday’s uncertain outlook, drivers should check the latest MetService weather forecasts and warnings and plan accordingly”, said Mr McDavitt.

McDavitt added that Queen’s Birthday holiday driving, even in settled weather, may bring unfamiliar challenges.  “We are now approaching the longest nights of the year.  Higher roads are likely to freeze overnight, and inland basins are prone to fog, so night drivers need to take extra care.”

Updates are always available on metservice.com and, for mobiles, on m.metservice.com.

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

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