Archive for April, 2011

TRAVEL WEATHER OK FOR END OF SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

April 28, 2011

MetService has issued a heavy rain warning for Northland until late Thursday, and a Severe Thunderstorm Watch which affects parts of the Far North, and Great Barrier Island.

However, the news is good for eastern districts – rain is now easing, and should clear altogether late tomorrow.

Following this, a period of more settled weather is expected around the whole country for those driving home at the end of the school holidays.

“The last few days have brought wild contrasts in the weather,” said MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt.  “An intense anticyclone moving slowly onto the South Island was the instigator, helping to produce the vigorous easterly flow that brought damaging wind and rain over the central and southern North Island.  The calm cold air within this system also produced a -4C low at Manapouri on Wednesday.”

McDavitt added, “Frosty dawns and fine days are likely to continue over much of the South Island into the weekend.  Fine weather and lighter winds should also spread onto the southern North Island, and the showers should clear from northern areas for a few days, to end the holiday period on a high.”

Looking forward to Sunday, a new low pressure system is forecast to move from the tropics towards the central Tasman Sea, and this is expected to bring rain and strong northeasterlies to northern areas on Monday.  With highway traffic likely to be heavier than normal over the next few days, drivers should check the latest weather updates in the media or 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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