LATEST ON THE RAIN

December 28, 2011

A low pressure system of tropic origin is slow-moving in the Tasman Sea and its associated frontal rain band is expected to move onto the North Island and the northwest of the South Island during Thursday.

MetService has issued a heavy rain warning for Nelson, Marlborough and Taranaki and updated its Severe Weather Watch for Northland, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty/Rotorua, Waikato, Wellington, and Buller.

“This rain band is likely to bring significant amounts of rain to Nelson area especially during Friday,” commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt. “However, this event is not expected to bring as much rain or last as long as the event there in mid-December.”

McDavitt added that the main part of this front may bring a few bursts of heavy rain to some parts of the North Island on Friday.

“At this stage the low-pressure system is expected to weaken as it approaches Northland on Sunday, that’s New Years Day,” said McDavitt. “Rain should ease in Nelson during Saturday, but damp conditions are likely over much of the North Island for New Year’s Eve, and heavy rain may be likely around Bay of Plenty until New Year’s Day.”

Holiday makers may check the latest weather forecasts and warnings at metservice.com, or at m.metservice.com on mobiles.

For further information please contact:
Bob McDavitt Weather Ambassador (09)377 4831
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Warnings are about taking action:
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