Strong winds heavy rain and snow to come this week

June 4, 2012

A complex weather system will bring wind, rain and snow to parts of New Zealand over the next several days.

Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented “There will be heavy rain and strong winds on one side of the weather system and bitterly cold air with snow on the other.”

The main area of rain and strong winds will spread in across northern and western parts of New Zealand during the day on Tuesday. Heavy bursts of rain and northerly gales are likely. In addition the high king tides on Tuesday evening could bring a risk of coastal flooding around the coasts of Waikato, Auckland, Northland and Bay of Plenty.

In the colder air over the South Island the risk for snow will drop to very low levels on Wednesday. This could lead to disruption especially at higher elevations across parts of Canterbury and Marlborough.

Travellers and holiday makers will want to keep an eye on the weather situation over the next several days. Sky watchers will also want to keep updated on the forecast for Wednesday’s Transit of Venus. For the latest forecasts, watches/warnings log on to metservice.com or for mobile device m.metservice.com. You can also follow our updates on Twitter or catch the latest video forecasts on MetService TV.

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

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