March 1, 2012

Weather-wise, Saturday is likely to be an eventful day over the North Island.

“We expect a deep and vigorous low to pass quickly across the North Island on Saturday morning,” said MetService Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett. “In short, this is a serious situation and poses a weather hazard for many North Island places. Gales are expected over all of the North Island. These may be severe and damaging in some areas, particularly on Saturday morning.”

Besides the wind, heavy rain is likely in some North Island places on Saturday, and daytime temperatures are expected to be generally lower than they have been over the last few days. “This is a recipe for cold driving rain,” Corbett went on to say. “Those who are out and about on Saturday are likely to describe the conditions with words like “miserable” or “atrocious”.”

Finally, on the west coast from about Taranaki northwards, and on the east coast from East Cape southwards, waves are expected to become very large on Saturday and will probably over-run the high tide mark.

A Severe Weather Watch has been issued for the North Island for Saturday.Severe Weather Warnings will follow as soon as MetService’s Severe Weather Team is more certain of the track of the low.

Friday is the day to prepare for Saturday’s tempest, and people are advised to check boat moorings and secure loose objects. For anyone planning to be outdoors on Saturday in the North Island, it will be important to stay up-to-date with the latest forecasts and warnings at metservice.com or for mobile devices at m.metservice.com.

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