Archive for March, 2012


March 30, 2012

The large anticyclone that has brought some fine weather over the past several days will stick around over the weekend before drifting away to the east of the country. This will then allow a deepening area of low pressure from the tropics to move towards northern New Zealand early next week.

Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented, “There is still a degree of uncertainty about how this feature will develop, and several key ingredients need to come together over the next couple of days to give a clearer picture. However, after the weekend, wet and windy conditions are likely across parts of New Zealand, especially in northern and eastern areas.”

The low is squeezing up against the departing high which should create a squash zone across northern New Zealand, leading to strong or gale easterly winds and persistent and heavy rain next week.

Since there are a number of elements still to come together before early next week, MetService advises people to keep up to date with the latest developments.

MetService operates the Wellington Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre, which provides severe weather guidance over the South Pacific tropics and acts as back-up for the Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre in Nadi. As a matter of course, MetService’s forecasters monitor the potential for tropical cyclone formation on a day to day basis and liaise closely with the Fiji Meteorological Service. If there is any direct threat to New Zealand from this low of tropical origin, MetService will issue watches/warnings in due course.

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