Warm Weather

December 17, 2012

The warm weather of the last few days is expected to continue for the North Island much of this week, whilst cooler days are expected in the far south.

“The air currently flowing over much of New Zealand has come from the tropics,” commented MetService Chief Forecaster Peter Kreft. “This air holds a lot of moisture, and through to the latter part of Tuesday, most places should see some rain.”

Heavy rainfalls are expected on the South Island West Coast and in Southland, and Severe Weather Warnings and Watches have been issued for these places. Heavy falls, probably as thundery showers, are possible from north Canterbury northwards during Tuesday.

The centre of Tropical Cyclone “Evan” is about 60 miles northeast of Nadi at midday Monday New Zealand time. It expected to move away from the island of Viti Levu after midnight tonight. Fiji Meteorological Service and MetService remain in close contact, with MetService ready to take over forecasting for Fiji’s area of responsibility if telecommunications in Fiji are damaged.

There is a lot of uncertainty about the track of Evan as it heads away from Fiji and into the open waters north of New Zealand. Its current forecast path takes it towards the North Island, but whether it comes close enough to bring widespread severe weather is not yet clear.

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:
Peter Kreft Chief Forecaster (04)4700 806
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MetService issues Warnings, Watches and Outlooks for severe weather over New Zealand.
Warnings are about taking action:
* When severe weather is imminent or is occurring
* Issued only when required
* Recommendation: ACT
Watches are about being alert:
* When severe weather is possible, but not sufficiently imminent or certain for a Warning to be issued
* Issued only when required
* Recommendation: BE READY
Outlooks are about looking ahead:
* To provide advance information on possible future Watches and/or Warnings
* Issued routinely once or twice a day
* Recommendation: PLAN
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