February 20, 2012

The weather is likely to be unsettled in many northern and western parts of the country from Tuesday or Wednesday of this week, as a warm northerly flow spreads across New Zealand. “Heavy falls are possible on the West Coast of the South Island, in northwest Nelson, and possibly over the part of the North Island extending from Taranaki across to Bay of Plenty,” commented MetService’s Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett.

“But even before the warm northerlies arrive, we’re expecting quite a lot of thunderstorm activity today and tomorrow,” Corbett went on to say. “Many inland parts of the North Island should see afternoon build-ups today,while tomorrow the action shifts to the South Island West Coast and Otago.”

Holidaymakers and travellers will want to keep an eye on the weather as the weather system develops in the next couple of days.

Keep up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings at metservice.com or for mobile devices m.metservice.com. You can also follow our rain updates on Twitter or catch our latest forecast videos on MetService TV.

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

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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