Unsettled start to the school holidays

July 2, 2012

An active low in the Tasman Sea will bring a spell of wind and rain this week for many across central and northern parts of New Zealand.

Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented, “This will be a different system to last week since the low has a milder origin over the Tasman Sea.” The moist northeast flow ahead of the low will bring a period of heavy and persistent rain over northern and eastern parts of the North Island.

MetService already has a Severe Weather Watch in place for northern parts of the North Island, and for Gisborne.

Across the lower South Island it will remain mostly dry, but very cold air trapped in some inland valleys of Otago, Southland and Fiordland is likely to bring low cloud and fog for much of the time.

By the middle of this week, the slow-moving weather system will lie across central New Zealand with the rain turning to showers further north. Following this weather system, a cooler south-westerly flow will prevail later in week. This could bring some snow to low levels across the far south of the South Island by the end of the week.

Keep up to date with the latest watches and warnings at www.metservice.com or for mobile devices m.metservice.com. You can also follow our rain updates @MetService on Twitter, or watch the latest forecasts and severe weather updates on MetService TV: www.metservice.com/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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