May 18, 2011

This weekend is expected to be largely fine and free of wind, as a high moves across New Zealand.

“The stormy conditions that have affected many parts of the country recently are just about over,” commented MetService’s Bob McDavitt.  “The southwest to southerly flow should gradually ease, leaving light winds and clear skies in most places by the end of Friday.”

“The high-pressure system  moving onto the country late this week is not the strongest, but should be capable of bringing frosty conditions to inland areas followed by pleasant sunny afternoons for most places, ” said McDavitt. “However, at this stage we’re not expecting the high to remain over New Zealand for very long – the weather is likely to become unsettled again early next week.”

McDavitt went on to say, “There are generally a few instances each month of winds strong enough to be hazardous. What was notable about the stormy episode early this week was how many parts of the country were windy at some time or other.  Strong wind conditions as widespread as this tend to occur only a few times a year.”

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