Archive for July, 2010


July 29, 2010

MetService expects a stormy start to August.

“It’s been months since New Zealand experienced a big northwesterly,” commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt.  “This coming Sunday, we are likely to see northwest gales or severe gales around central New Zealand and in the eastern parts of both islands.”

McDavitt added that heavy rain is expected over the Southern Alps this weekend.  “The heaviest falls are likely to be in Fiordland and Westland on Sunday, with significant amounts reaching the headwaters of Otago and Canterbury lakes and rivers.”

Along with the northwesterlies come warmer temperatures in the east on Sunday, with highs of 14 to 18 degrees between Timaru and East Cape.

“For many parts of New Zealand, Sunday’s weather will be quite different from the cold and reasonably windless conditions that have prevailed over the last few weeks,” observed Mr McDavitt. “On Sunday, heavy rain, strong wind or both could be hazardous to drivers.  Keep up to date with the latest MetService Warnings, Watches and Outlooks for severe weather in the media, at, or on mobile at”

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

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