Unsettled spells this week

May 7, 2012

The large high that brought stunning weather to many parts of the country over the past few days will slide away from New Zealand in the next day or so. In its place, a trough is likely to bring spells of wind and rain over the next several days.

Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented, “The weather is set to change from what we have had recently. Raincoats are likely to come in handy over the next few days.”

“This week’s trough is reasonably complex,” Corbett went on to say. The first rain band is expected to drift across the country from the northwest during Tuesday. Further outbreaks of rain are likely in the days that follow. As a result, the weather will be quite changeable . For starters, a Severe Weather Watch has been issued for Northland, Westland and Fiordland.

Because of the changeable weather conditions expected this week, it will be a good idea to keep up to date with the latest forecasts at www.metservice.com or for mobile devices, at m.metservice.com or on the MetService iPad app. You can also follow @MetService on Twitter or watch our latest videos on MetService TV.

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

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Warnings are about taking action:
* When severe weather is imminent or is occurring
* Issued only when required
* Recommendation: ACT
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Outlooks are about looking ahead:
* To provide advance information on possible future Watches and/or Warnings
* Issued routinely once or twice a day
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