January 6, 2012

The coming weekend could be described as one of two halves, with dying weather fronts across the South Island and a new sub-tropical low spreading rain onto the North Island.

At this stage MetService expects the sub-tropical low to move south towards the Bay of Plenty on Saturday and has issued some heavy rain watches and warnings. The associated rain band is likely to curl clockwise around the centre of the low and spread slowly south and west across the rest of the North Island.

“The most intense rain is expected to affect the eastern Bay of Plenty,Gisborne and northern Hawke’s Bay from Saturday night into Sunday morning” commented MetService Media Meteorologist Daniel Corbett.” This is likely to coincide with a vigorous onshore flow and some heavy swells for the East Coast.”

“For the South Island it will again be on the drier end of things. However, during the weekend there could also be some afternoon thunderstorms with possible hail across inland areas, and some of the rain from the sub-tropical low may reach Marlborough on Monday.”

Travellers and holiday makers can plan around the weather by keeping up to date with the latest weather forecasts, watches and warnings at metservice.com or m.metservice.com for mobile devices.

For further information please contact:
Daniel Corbett Media and Communications Meteorologist (04)4700 754
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