July 8, 2011

The stormy westerly flow that has dominated New Zealand’s weather since Wednesday is expected to continue into early next week. “This is a classic winter storm,” commented MetService Weather Ambassador Bob McDavitt.

“Over the weekend, a significant amount of snow is expected over the South Island mountains, affecting higher roads. Snow could also fall to very low levels in the west and south of the South Island,” said MetService Weather Ambassador Bob McDavitt.

McDavitt went on to say, “Also during this weekend, northwesterly winds are expected to be strong or gale force at least for a while in many places. Severe gales are likely in the east from Hawke’s Bay to Southland. Further, squally thunderstorms bringing bouts of heavy rain are likely in western areas from about Waikato to Fiordland on Saturday.”

“Finally, large waves will continue to affect western coasts of both islands for the next few days. Waves on Sunday may approach heights we see only about once a year.”

People planning outdoor activities or travel should check the latest MetService forecasts and warnings at metservice.com or for mobile browsing, at m.metservice.com.

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

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Warnings are about taking action:
* When severe weather is imminent or is occurring
* Issued only when required
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