A BIG WINTER LOW

July 4, 2010

MetService expects a large low which formed over the north Tasman Sea on Saturday to make its presence felt over the North Island for the next few days.

“Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay are the main targets for heavy rainfall”, commented MetService Weather Ambassador Bob McDavitt. Rain is expected to become heavy north of Tokomaru Bay on Monday morning, and further south on Monday evening. “While it’s still early days, we think that steady, unceasing moderate to heavy rain from Monday through to Wednesday is likely to result in totals of 200 to 250 mm in the ranges and 80 to 130mm over lower lying areas.”

Before the rain reaches Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay, some heavy falls are also expected in parts of Northland, Coromandel and western Bay of Plenty until Monday afternoon.   All of these areas are mentioned in MetService’s Severe Weather Warning.

“Besides the rain, east to southeast gales are likely in Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula and in the lee of the Kaimai Range from this evening through to Monday morning”, added Mr McDavitt. “From Monday night through to Wednesday, gales are also forecast for parts of eastern Bay of Plenty, Taupo, Taihape, Taranaki, Wanganui, Manawatu and Horowhenua-Kapiti Coast.” All of these areas are also mentioned in MetService’s Severe Weather Watch.

“This is a large, slow-moving winter depression”, said Mr McDavitt. “Heavy rain and strong winds can be hazardous. Keep up to date with the latest warnings and forecasts at www.metservice.com or on mobile at m.metservice.com.”

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

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