July 20, 2011

The quiet and settled spell across New Zealand will come to an end as an area of low pressure spreads wind and rain across northern New Zealand.

MetService Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett said, “A band of heavy rain should sweep  across northern parts of the North Island on Thursday and Friday.” MetService has issued a Heavy Rain Warning for Northland and the Coromandel Peninsula, and a Watch for Auckland, the Bay of Plenty and Gisborne for further adverse weather on Friday.

Corbett added, “It could be quite a wet and windy end to the week for holidaymakers in Northland and the Hibiscus coast as well as the Coromandel, after an extended spell of fine weather.”

Strong to severe gales may also affect  Northland and the outer islands of the Hauraki Gulf on Thursday. In addition, severe gales are possible across the western half of the North Island during  Friday.

The wet and windy weather should  slowly ease across many  parts of New Zealand this weekend as the area of low pressure moves east, and the flow turns colder southerly.

There will most likely be more people on the road this weekend with the school holidays, so remember to check the latest forecast and any weather warnings on metservice.com or for mobile devices m.metservice.com

For further information please contact:
Daniel Corbett    Media and Communications Meteorologist   0275 081 764
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