A change in the air

April 26, 2012

A significant change, from settled to unsettled weather conditions, is expected over New Zealand on Friday.

“Tomorrow, a trough crossing the country should bring rain to most places,with some heavy falls on the South Island West Coast and around northwest Nelson,” commented MetService Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett. “On Friday strong gusty winds are also likely for a time over the southern half of the North Island and the northern half of the South Island. And tomorrow morning there is a risk of squally thunderstorms and maybe a small tornado along the coast from just south of Auckland to Taranaki to northwest Nelson.”

This weekend, Saturday is the day of rest as far as the weather is concerned. Another active trough is expected to pass across New Zealand on Sunday, accompanied by moderate to heavy rain on the west coast of the South Island and strong winds in the east of the South Island and over the lower North Island. “This trough is a different animal from Friday’s,” Corbett went on to say. “Behind it, the air is expected to be notably colder, with the first significant snow of the year likely in Fiordland possible on Sunday”.

Over the next few days, because the weather could be disruptive, it will be important to keep up to date with the latest MetService forecasts and warnings. These are on metservice.com or for mobile devices at m.metservice.com or on our iPad app. You can also follow @MetService updates on Twitter or watch our latest videos on MetService TV

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

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