January 21, 2011

MetService has issued a Severe Weather Watch to inform the public about a period of heavy rain, from a trough of low pressure that is expected to deepen northeast of the North Island this weekend.

“This trough is slowly edging closer to East Cape on Friday,” commented MetService Weather Ambassador Bob McDavitt. “Rain on the Gisborne hills is likely to become heavier during Friday night.”

Later this weekend, a deepening low pressure system may move along this trough from the New Caledonia area.  “This is likely to bring a period of intense rain to northern parts of New Zealand; especially Northland, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay. These areas have been issued with a Watch at this stage.  However, rainfall accumulations are expected to be significant on Sunday and Monday, and the Watch is likely to be upgraded to a Warning.”

McDavitt added that surf conditions in the Bay of Plenty may become dangerously high on Sunday or Monday, with strong onshore winds and large northeast swells.

“People planning to travel around the northern North Island over the next few days should ensure they are ready for the likelihood of heavy rain. Latest weather updates and warnings are available at metservice.com or, for mobiles, at m.metservice.com .


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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