First look towards Easter weekend

March 25, 2013

Heavy rain falling over parts of the South Island West Coast is expected to ease later today. An anticyclone is expected to remain over the North Island this week, and little or no rain is expected there.

“During Sunday and this morning there has been over 200 mm of rainfall reported at Milford Sound and a significant amount of “spill-over rainfall” has made it across the main divide to the headwaters of the Otago rivers,” Severe Weather Forecaster Heath Gullery said. “Through the rest of today the feature that brought heavy rain into Fiordland is expected to creep up the West Coast and we are maintaining a Severe Weather Warning for the Westland region south of Otira as well as the headwaters of the lakes and rivers for Canterbury and Otago.”

The front bringing the wet weather is expected to weaken away as it crosses the central parts of the country. “A rash of showers are showing on the radar images pushing into the far north of the country but for much of the North Island today is another fine day,” Gullery continued.

The lead-up to the long Easter weekend looks once again dominated by high pressure, bringing continued fine, dry and settled conditions to most places. However, another front pushing eastward across the Tasman Sea may bring some wetter weather to the West Coast this coming weekend.

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