December 14, 2010

MetService advises a change towards less settled weather is on its way.

“Our weather maps are starting to show a change in pattern,” commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt.  “There are more fronts and troughs of low pressure predicted to move across New Zealand from the Tasman Sea this week and next week, with fewer days affected by the dry highs which we have become accustomed to over the past six weeks.”

According to McDavitt, the weather outlook for Christmas is uncertain at this stage.  “Holiday travellers should expect periods of unsettled weather and are advised to check the latest forecasts before setting out.”

Several places around New Zealand have had a long wait for any useful rain. Here is a selection of main centres giving the date, prior to today, when they last received 10mm or more of rain in one day:

Whangarei: 13 October
Auckland: 5 November
Tauranga: 14 October
Hamilton: 14 October
New Plymouth: 5 November
Napier: 21 November
Wellington: 21 November

Nelson: 21 November
Hokitika: 13 December
Blenheim: 21 November
Christchurch: 21 November
Dunedin: 13 December
Queenstown: 19 October
Invercargill: 5 November

McDavitt added that some of the fronts moving onto the country from Friday onwards are capable of delivering rain amounts of around 10 mm per day to many areas.  This is welcome news for farmers.

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Bob McDavitt       Weather Ambassador           (09)377 4831

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