June 11, 2010

MetService is forecasting air from the sub-Antarctic to push up onto New Zealand over this weekend.

“Several cold fronts are moving in from the Southern Ocean”, commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt. “The air following each of these fronts should become progressively drier and more chilly.”

McDavitt added that the weekend starts off with a wind flow from the west, with a period of severe gales in central Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa. People in these regions are warned that wind gusts of around 120 km/hr are possible on Friday night and during Saturday, and these gusts may damage trees and powerlines and make driving hazardous”. Also on Saturday, a period of rain and squally thunderstorms is expected in western areas of both islands.

From later on Saturday and into Sunday, a cold southerly blast is forecast to spread over the country. This is likely to bring snow to near sea level in the deep South and to low levels in other eastern areas. MetService has issued a Watch for potentially heavy snow in Southland and Otago. Some heavy snow is also possible later on Sunday on the North Island’s Central Plateau.

According to McDavitt the main issue about  this wintry outbreak is to do with  its cold winds. “The wind chill will make conditions in the open air feel colder than a fridge. This may be stressful for farm animals and extra care should be taken outdoors. Also, Sunday’s snow is likely to affect most alpine roads, Banks Peninsula and the hills around Dunedin. Travellers should keep up to date with the latest MetService weather information.”

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Bob McDavitt       Weather Ambassador           (09)377 4831

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