Mixed week ahead

October 8, 2012

The weather for the second week of the school holidays is likely to be a mixed bag, according to MetService.

“Through to at least the end of Tuesday, and possibly into Wednesday, rain or showers are expected in many parts of the South Island and over the southwest of the North Island,” commented Peter Kreft, MetService’s Chief Forecaster. “This is because a low is taking its time to pass from the Tasman Sea across the South Island.”

Today, cold air lingering in Canterbury and Otago should see snow down to about 500 metres. “That’s not to say it’s going to be cold everywhere, though,” Kreft went on to say. “The low is drawing warm air across northern and central parts of the country, where daytime highs should reach at least the high teens over the next few days.”

Apart from today, about half the country – the north of the North Island and in eastern places from Gisborne to Marlborough – should have a mostly settled week.

While it is still “early days”, the weather for the coming weekend is likely to be fairly unsettled. A significant trough crossing the country brings with it the possibility of heavy rain in some places and strong winds in others. This event is likely to the subject of Severe Weather Watches and Warnings later in the week.

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For further information please contact:
Peter Kreft Chief Forecaster (04)4700 806
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