EX WILMA TO SIDESWIPE NORTHEAST NZ

January 27, 2011

MetService has issued Severe Weather Warnings to cover the likelihood of heavy rain over northeastern parts of the North Island on Saturday.

“Tropical cyclone ‘Wilma’ is currently north of New Zealand is expected to curve towards Northland on Friday,” commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt.  “This system is expected to slowly lose its tropical characteristics from Friday night, but may still have a compact area of wind near its centre as it sideswipes Northland early on Saturday.”

McDavitt added that the combination of onshore wind, and low pressure is likely to bring a period of dangerous surf to the eastern coastline between Northland and Bay of Plenty.

“Wilma is moving swiftly, and should pass northern Gisborne Saturday afternoon before sliding into the Pacific in the evening” said McDavitt.

“A southwest to westerly flow is then expected to clear the weather over much of the North Island for the remainder of Auckland region’s Anniversary weekend.”

People planning to travel around northern North Island over the next few days should prepare for heavy rain and strong winds.  Latest weather updates and warnings are available at metservice.com or,  for mobiles, at m.metservice.com .

ENDS

For further information please contact:
Bob McDavitt       Weather Ambassador           (09)377 4831
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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
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* To provide advance information on possible future Watches and/or Warnings
* Issued routinely once or twice a day
* Recommendation: PLAN
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