January 11, 2012

An active area of low pressure over the Tasman Sea could bring a brief spell of heavy rain across parts of New Zealand late Thursday into Friday. This weather system could also bring gale force winds in exposed places with the strengthening northwesterly.

“The depression and associated front will move through fairly quickly but could bring some heavy rain for a time in places, especially from Taranaki down to Nelson and Buller,” commented media and communications meteorologist Daniel Corbett.

“There could also be a period of strong to severe gales from Central Hawke’s Bay down to Wellington and Marlborough ahead of the active weather front.”

The depression will cross the South Island during early Friday and could bring some much-needed rain to parts of Southland and Otago. There could also be a period of gales along exposed coasts of Southland to the Otago peninsula as the low clears away into the weekend.

Travellers and holidaymakers can keep up to date with the weather and latest forecasts and warnings at metservice.com or on mobile devices at m.metservice.com

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