A WEEK OF CONTRASTS AHEAD

October 3, 2011

For most of this week, big contrasts are expected between the weather over northern and southern parts of the country.

“Northern New Zealand is expected to be in a warm, moist northerly flow for the next few days,” commented Met Service Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett. “There will be showery episodes during this time with heavy falls in some places, particularly today, when thunderstorms are part of the mix as well. Daytime temperatures should be in the late teens to early twenties.”

On the other hand, the south of the South Island is expected to be reasonably cool and dry over the next few days, with little or no rain expected and daytime temperatures generally around the mid teens. Corbett went on to say that, “In the ‘in-between’ regions, from about the central North Island through to Canterbury, wet conditions are likely to continue on and off for the next few days, but with a gradual and significant cooling taking place.

Heavy rain in parts of Bay of Plenty, the central North Island high country, Taranaki, Nelson and Marlborough should ease on Tuesday. On Tuesday, snow is likely down to about 500 metres in north Canterbury and Marlborough, and possibly around Nelson Lakes. The wet – and gradually colder – conditions over parts of Canterbury and Marlborough over the next few days are likely to place stress on young livestock. Heavy rain or showers could also pose a hazard to motorists.

Keep up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings on www.metservice.com or on digital devices at m.metservice.com.

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