SUNNY WAITANGI BUT UNSETTLED FURTHER SOUTH

February 3, 2011

MetService is forecasting sunny, warm weather for Waitangi Day ceremonies in Northland this weekend, but continues to monitor and report on rain and wind as fronts cross the South Island.

“The ridge of high pressure maintaining settled weather over Northland is expected to last through to at least the end of Sunday,” commented MetService Weather Ambassador Bob McDavitt.  “However, southern and central New Zealand is expected to remain in the ‘roaring forties’ for the next few days, with several episodes of strong winds and heavy rain to come.”

One of these episodes is expected to affect the northern South Island on Friday, and another more significant period may affect the South Island on Sunday, with severe northwest gales and high temperatures likely in most eastern areas.

McDavitt added that the International Rugby Sevens tournament in Wellington is likely to experience some periods of cloud and drizzle and occasionally strong wind gusts. “At this stage, we are forecasting Saturday afternoon to enjoy the most settled period of weather in Wellington,  with a pleasant 26C.”

People planning to travel around the South Island and southern North Island over the next few days should be aware of the likelihood of heavy rain and strong winds.  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
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