Weekend leads into another change of weather

July 27, 2012

A large high sitting to the east of New Zealand will bring a fine start to the weekend, but a rapidly deepening low in the Tasman is likely to bring unsettled weather as we head into next week.

MetService Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented, “Make the most of the fine weather at the start of the weekend, as current expectations suggest it will be followed by another unsettled spell, bringing wind and rain for many and even snow in the south.”

The approaching weather system is expected to bring a period of heavy rain across the northern half of the North Island by the end of Sunday. The deepening low is expected to push rain across other parts of New Zealand by Monday.

A strong onshore flow should bring a sustained period of rain, with some heavy falls across eastern and southern regions of the South Island next week. This could fall as snow over inland parts of Southland and Otago, and south to southeast gales may affect coastal areas.

People will want to keep an eye on this evolving system over the next few days, as it has the potential to bring an extended period of potentially disruptive weather.

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

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

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