June 1, 2011

MetService is forecasting a change in the weather for Queen’s Birthday weekend.

“During Friday and Saturday, the anticyclone which has brought reasonably fine weather to New Zealand will move away,” commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt. “After that, a few days of unsettled conditions are expected and holiday travellers should be prepared for this.”

During Saturday, rain is expected to spread onto northern and western parts of both islands, while eastern areas should be fine.

Sunday is a “transition day”, with rain clearing from some northern and western places and becoming more persistent in others, while most eastern districts should again be dry and mild.

At this early stage, Monday is expected to be a bit more settled, though wet weather is still likely for some western districts.

McDavitt added that air temperatures this weekend are expected to be relatively mild.  “They may reach close to 20C over the north of the North Island and into the mid- or high teens in eastern parts of the country.”

Travellers can get up-to-date weather information at metservice.com or, for mobiles, at m.metservice.com.  From this weekend, metservice.com will also show NZTA Traffic Warnings for areas where rain is forecast.

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

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