November 2, 2011

An unseasonably cold southwest outbreak is expected over southern New Zealand on Friday.

“This wintry blast is likely to bring snow to low levels in Fiordland,Southland and possibly South Otago during Friday and early Saturday,” commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt. “For a time, the southwest winds are expected to be very strong, so that wind chill may also be a significant feature of this event”.

Farmers and travellers in southern New Zealand are advised to prepare for this sudden change to harsh conditions.

McDavitt added that from Friday and into the weekend, westerlies should sweep across the remainder of New Zealand as well. “Western places are expected to have showery episodes during this time, and it should be noticeably cooler than it has been over recent days. Eastern places should be generally fine, though windy at times.”

Log onto, or our mobile site, for the latest weather during this brief wintry spell, and also as we get closer to Guy Fawkes celebrations.

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

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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