March 4, 2011

MetService has updated and extended its Severe Weather Warnings and Watches to cover periods of heavy rain over the North Island during Friday and Saturday.

“This is a complicated situation involving a number of weather features,” said MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt.  “Over the next couple of days, it’s going to be a challenge to get the location, timing and intensity of rainfall right over the North Island.”

During Saturday, a southerly wind change is forecast to bring noticeably colder temperatures to the South Island and southern North Island. “For many, it will be time to add an extra blanket. For Christchurch, the forecast at this stage for the Monday morning low is 7 degrees C,” said McDavitt.

People travelling around the North Island this weekend are advised to prepare for rising river and stream levels, given the likelihood of periods 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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