More rain to come this weekend

August 10, 2012

Another round of unsettled weather is expected to spread across the country over the weekend as the next low moves in from the Tasman Sea. The current blocked weather pattern means places that have already experienced a lot of unsettled weather are likely to be exposed to more over the next few days.

Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented “The impending wet weather will put the dampener on weekend plans and more importantly, further heavy rain on saturated ground could pose a flooding risk across parts of New Zealand”.

The active trough will spread a band of rain and strong northeast winds over the far north of the North Island on Saturday and a Severe Weather Warning for heavy rain has been issued for parts of Northland.

On Sunday, the band of heavy persistent rain will slide down over the remainder of the North Island to reach northern and eastern parts of the South Island.

The complex weather pattern is likely to persist over the next several days so there is the likelihood that the forecast and the risk area could change, so it will be important to keep up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings.

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 (04) 4700-754 Media and Communications Meteorologist MetService

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