Cooler and more settled weather for Waitangi day

February 4, 2013

The very active weather system currently moving across New Zealand will gradually clear away in the next day or so allowing more settled weather to return in time for Waitangi Day.

Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented “much of the active weather will have moved through by Tuesday, bringing a mostly fine and settled Waitangi day across New Zealand.”

The much cooler southerly flow may still feed a few lingering showers along the east coast of the North Island, but these should ease back during the day. Snow is even expected to fall about the Southern Alps briefly during Tuesday.

The biggest change will be temperatures across much of New Zealand, which should drop significantly after the active weather system moves through. Daytime maximums are expected to be in the high teens to low twenties, and places exposed to the wind will feel even cooler.

A new anticyclone will bring mostly fine and settled weather for much of the rest of the week.

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 Media and Communications Meteorologist (04)4700 754

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