December 23, 2010

The last cold front before Christmas is expected to move quickly across New Zealand during Friday. “This front is likely to bring a brief return to stormy conditions over southern and central New Zealand”, commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt. “MetService has issued a Severe Weather Warning and a Severe Weather Watch for Friday, covering rain on the South Island West Coast and northwest gales in the east from Otago to Hawke’s Bay, including Wellington.”

“The good news is that, for Christmas Day, we expect most places to have fine weather. The west and far south of the South Island might see more cloudy than clear skies, though, with westerlies and the odd shower. Overall, there’s a perfectly timed day or two of settled conditions.”

McDavitt added that another front is forecast to bring more heavy rain and strong winds from later Sunday through Monday and into Tuesday. “Travellers are reminded to check the forecast before setting out. Weather updates are always available on the website, and, for mobiles, on”

For further information please contact:
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
Watches are about being alert:
* When severe weather is possible, but not sufficiently imminent or certain for a Warning to be issued
* Issued only when required
* Recommendation: BE READY
Outlooks are about looking ahead:
* To provide advance information on possible future Watches and/or Warnings
* Issued routinely once or twice a day
* Recommendation: PLAN

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