December 20, 2010

MetService has issued a Severe Weather Warning and a Severe Weather Watch for the passage of an active trough across southern and central New Zealand from late Monday through to Wednesday.  Heavy rain is expected in western areas from Mount Taranaki and the central North Island high country to Fiordland.  In the east, northwest gales are forecast from Southland to Wairarapa, including Wellington where severe northerly gales are expected on Tuesday.

“Conditions are expected to ease by the end of Wednesday,” commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt. “One more front on Friday is likely to be followed by a cooler and less humid southwesterly flow.  The picture for Christmas Day is slowly becoming apparent and we are more optimistic about settled weather than we were a few days ago.  At this stage,we expect fine conditions in eastern districts of both islands, clearing weather in most western districts, but still some showers around the west and south of the South Island. In general, we are not expecting much wind on the 25th.”

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Bob McDavitt       Weather Ambassador           (09)377 4831
MetService issues Warnings, Watches and Outlooks for severe weather over New Zealand.
Warnings are about taking action:
* When severe weather is imminent or is occurring
* Issued only when required
* Recommendation: ACT
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* When severe weather is possible, but not sufficiently imminent or certain for a Warning to be issued
* Issued only when required
* Recommendation: BE READY
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* Issued routinely once or twice a day
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