Archive for August, 2012

A fine spell followed by unsettled weather

August 31, 2012

Fine weather is expected to continue over many parts of New Zealand at least into Saturday. However, from Sunday or Monday onwards, the weather over the country is likely to be considerably less settled than it has been over the last few days.

Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented “The weekend will start off fine for many but a trough approaching from the Tasman Sea is expected to bring wet weather either later during the weekend or early next week.”

Corbett went on to say “The approaching trough should spread rain across parts of Fiordland and Westland on Saturday and into Buller on Sunday. The east of the South Island and most of the North Island are expected to stay dry and quite mild in the northerlies this weekend.”

Early next week, wet and windy weather is expected to affect much of the country. Keep up to date with the latest forecasts and any watches/warnings at or on mobile devices at 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 (04) 4700-754 Media and Communications Meteorologist MetService

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