WEATHER PROSPECTS FOR WELLINGTON LONG WEEKEND

January 20, 2011

MetService is forecasting a chance of drizzle mixed in with some periods of fine weather for Wellington anniversary weekend.

“Across the Wellington region this weekend, the further west you go the clearer the weather prospects are likely to be,” commented MetService Weather Ambassador Bob McDavitt.  “Monday is expected to be the sunniest day.”

McDavitt added that central New Zealand is currently sandwiched between a trough of low pressure hovering near the Bay of Plenty and a high-pressure system south of the Chatham Islands. “This situation is producing an increasing southeasterly flow that is likely to peak on Saturday, cloaking eastern areas from Gisborne to Canterbury with drizzly low cloud.”

This low-pressure trough might bring periods of rain to many eastern and northern North Island areas over the next few days. “For the Big Day Out in Auckland on Friday, morning cloud may clear during the day but return in the evening with an increasing chance of rain.”

ENDS

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

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