Stormy weekend ahead

October 11, 2012

MetService is forecasting a wet, windy and snowy final weekend of the school holidays as a major low crosses the country.

“Saturday is likely to be quite eventful weather-wise,” said MetService Chief Forecaster Peter Kreft. “While the heaviest rain will be concentrated on the West Coast and in northwest parts of Nelson and Marlborough, the area from Taranaki through the central North Island high country to eastern Bay of Plenty should experience a period of strong northerlies and quite heavy rain as a couple of fronts make their way across these areas.”

Kreft went on to say “In sharp contrast, moderate to heavy snow to maybe 400 metres above sea level is looking increasingly likely in parts of Otago, Canterbury and possibly Marlborough on Saturday, which is fairly unusual for this time of year.”

Overnight Saturday could be reasonably stormy on the north Canterbury and Kaikoura coasts and in Wellington, as a low pulls away to the east of the country.

“We’re also watching a decaying low which will cross the North Island on Sunday. While it’s too early to be more definite, some North Island places may have a very windy Sunday as this feature moves across,” added Kreft.

“Large sea waves are also expected to arrive on the North Island’s west coast on Saturday,” said Kreft. “So if you’re at a west-facing beach this weekend, be mindful of sweeping waves and rip currents.”

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