DRIVE HOME CAREFULLY

October 24, 2011

For some of us heading back to work after the holiday weekend it could be quite a wet and windy trip. A fairly active front with a tightening pressure gradient ahead of it will bring strong to severe gales and heavy rain across parts of the South Island during Monday.

“MetService has issued Severe Weather Warnings and Watches to cover wind and rain with this front,” said MetService Weather Ambassador Bob McDavitt. “Northwest winds are likely to strengthen across the east and south of the South Island today with severe gale gusts possible, and then across Wellington and Wairarapa tonight. Heavy rain is expected across Fiordland and about the Southern Alps from Otira southwards.”

McDavitt went on to say “The strong to severe gales in places might make the trip home a bit tricky for some holiday travelers. On Tuesday, there is also a risk of heavy rain in Westland and Buller and of gales for Wellington and Wairarapa before this system weakens on Wednesday.”

The trip home across the north of the North Island should be far quieter with just some patchy cloud and westerly breezes.

To keep up to date on the latest weather as you head home or back to work log on to metservice.com or on your mobile device m.metservice.com .

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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