October 19, 2011

Weather for the coming holiday weekend will be a mixed bag. The heavy, thundery showers associated with an active low pressure system will have moved away into the open waters of the Pacific, followed by a couple of ‘nuisance’ weather systems this weekend.

“For holiday travellers, Friday should bring a dying south-westerly flow,with cloudy spells and a few showers for both eastern and western coastal areas,” commented MetService Weather Ambassador Bob McDavitt. “During the weekend, sunny and mild conditions with light winds are expected to spread northwards across the country. Conditions on Sunday for the Rugby World Cup Final should be dry with some passing cloud and a temperature of 13 degrees.”

McDavitt added that, as is typical of a topsy-turvy spring, conditions are expected to change on Monday. “A new trough should approach the South Island from Tasmania. Holiday makers travelling on South Island roads should allow extra time for the return home, with heavy rain possible on the West Coast and northwest gales in eastern areas.”

Temperatures over the holiday weekend will start on the cool side in places but will respond nicely to some October sunshine and climb to near 20 degrees by Monday.

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Bob McDavitt Weather Ambassador (09)377 4831

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