Some rain this week but mainly in the north

July 23, 2012

A broad slow moving area of low pressure is expected to bring periods of rain to northern and eastern parts of New Zealand this week.

MetService Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented, “It has certainly been a soggy start to the work week in many North Island places, but this should ease to more showery conditions as the week progresses.”

The rain could be heavy at times across northern and eastern parts of the North Island, especially the Bay of Plenty and Gisborne. MetService has Severe Weather Warnings and Watches in place for the heavy rain into Tuesday morning.

The far south of the South Island will stay mainly dry over the next few days as this weather system stays to the north, but eastern places may see some patchy light rain by midweek. Inland areas may see more of the typical frosty nights too.

Skiers hoping for a good top up from this week’s storm system may see some new snow on the central North Island fields from around midweek, but there will be little or any for those further south.

Keep up to date with the latest forecasts, watches and warnings at metservice.com or on your mobile device at m.metservice.com. You can also follow @MetService updates on Twitter or watch 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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