STORMY TIMES AHEAD

July 4, 2011

Stormy westerlies are expected to dominate New Zealand’s weather for some days from late tomorrow.

“For a few days from late Tuesday, showery weather is expected in the west of both islands,” said MetService Weather Ambassador Bob McDavitt. “Added to this, westerly winds are expected to be strong at times from late Tuesday through to the weekend at least. Gales are likely in some eastern areas.”

McDavitt went on to say, “This situation is also likely to deliver a reasonable amount of snow to alpine areas of both islands later in the week. In addition, intense thundery squalls are likely in some western areas. Squalls are characteristically ‘hit or miss’ and may bring brief dumps of heavy rain or hail or bursts of damaging wind to a few places. And finally, large waves are expected on the west coasts of both islands from later in the week.”

In the short term, a Severe Weather Warning for heavy rain applies to the Gisborne area for Monday night and Tuesday morning, and a Severe Weather Watch is in force for heavy rain in Hawke’s Bay, Westland and Fiordland on Tuesday.

Over the next week or so, the weather has the potential to be hazardous in a variety of ways. People planning outdoor activities or road travel should check the latest MetService forecasts and warnings at metservice.com or, for mobile browsing, at m.metservice.com.

ENDS
For further information please contact:
Bob McDavitt       Weather Ambassador           (09)377 4831
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MetService issues Warnings, Watches and Outlooks for severe weather over New Zealand.
Warnings are about taking action:
* When severe weather is imminent or is occurring
* Issued only when required
* Recommendation: ACT
Watches are about being alert:
* When severe weather is possible, but not sufficiently imminent or certain for a Warning to be issued
* Issued only when required
* Recommendation: BE READY
Outlooks are about looking ahead:
* To provide advance information on possible future Watches and/or Warnings
* Issued routinely once or twice a day
* Recommendation: PLAN
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