April 18, 2011

With the first week of school holidays leading into a long Easter weekend, MetService is reporting that the best weather for being outdoors is likely to be Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

“A southerly blast brought a cold start to the week,” commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt.  “Many places are experiencing gale force winds and squally showers, but these should ease tonight, and Tuesday is likely to start off frosty for inland places south of Auckland.”

McDavitt added that the next front is likely to bring some drizzle to the West Coast of the South Island by late Tuesday and eastern South Island on Wednesday, and then weaken as it reaches the North Island.  “For people planning to travel or go tramping or camping, Easter is shaping up better than last weekend.  An obliging period of settled weather with mild days is likely on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  By late Friday there may be increasing northerly winds and cloud for the Capital, and rain may spread into Fiordland and Westland by days end.”

During Easter weekend, a cold front is expected to move across New Zealand and change the weather.  “On Saturday this is likely to bring increasing cloud to the North Island, with gusty northerly winds for central areas.  A period of rain is expected to sweep northwards across the South Island, followed by a cooler southerly wind change.  During Sunday, this change should reach the North Island.”

People camping or travelling around the country can find the latest weather updates and warnings at or, for mobiles, at .

For further information please contact:
Bob McDavitt       Weather Ambassador           (09)377 4831

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