April 21, 2011

MetService is forecasting a mixed bag over Easter weekend and for ANZAC dawn services.

“For the South Island, Easter weekend is marked by fronts passing through Friday-Saturday and again Monday,” commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt. “The front on Friday and Saturday is expected to bring rain to the West Coast, but little or nothing elsewhere. Monday’s front brings a cold southerly change, which might make dawn services in Otago and Southland a touch chilly.”

McDavitt added that for the North Island,  Easter would be “a game of two halves.” Through to Sunday or Monday, eastern areas from Gisborne to Wairarapa were expected to be dry and mostly sunny, while in most other places cloudy skies and the odd spot of rain were expected.

Spot ANZAC dawn forecasts for a selection of places, as issued on Thursday:

Auckland: 13C.  Rain.
New Plymouth: 11C. Rain.
Napier: 10C. Dry.
Wellington: 11C.  Rain.

Nelson: 8C. Showers.
Christchurch: 7C. Dry.
Queenstown: 5C. Showers around.
Dunedin: 8C. Showers around.

According to McDavitt, these forecasts may change a little before Monday. Easter travellers 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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