March 19, 2012

An unsettled spell of weather is likely for much of this week, bringing persistent rain to parts of the North Island, with some heavy falls. A warm and humid sub-tropical airstream should swirl around a low pressure area to give easterlies to much of northern and central New Zealand.

Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented, “This wet and windy low will take its time to clear the North Island, resulting in quite a bit of rain across the north and east of the North Island.”

Areas at risk from the worst of the rain include Northland, the Bay of Plenty and Gisborne, but the whole North Island should experience some rain. The high pressure system further south is likely to lead to more settled conditions over much of the South Island.

A band of strong winds squashed between this low and the high to the east of the country is expected to bring a bout of southeast gales to much of the North Island and upper South Island, with severe gales likely in Taranaki and Taupo late Monday and for a time on Tuesday.

Friday should be the pick of the week, with the remains of the low moving away to the east of the country.

Travellers and holidaymakers can keep an eye on the latest weather forecasts and warnings at metservice.com or for mobile devices m.metservice.com. You can also follow @MetService on Twitter for the latest rain updates and catch up with the latest weather on MetService TV.

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

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