An unsettled week with some active weather

April 15, 2013

A procession of active troughs will bring some rain to much of New Zealand this week.

MetService Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented,”This week offers a great chance for some much needed rain. The first active trough will bring unsettled weather over the first half of the week and by the end of the week, another spell of wet weather will be settling in.”

The low currently moving down towards the north of the North Island is expected to bring rain to northern and central New Zealand, with the heaviest falls likely in the hills and ranges of the Bay of Plenty and Nelson west of about Motueka, where up to 150mm may accumulate.

In addition, northeasterly winds will reach gale force about exposed coasts. MetService has already issued Severe Weather Warnings for heavy rain for the far southwest of the South Island, as well as for Bay of Plenty and Nelson.

This low will be squeezed out to the east of central New Zealand by late Wednesday. By the end of the week, a combination of a cooler southeast flow over central and southern New Zealand and a new trough building across the North Island will keep the unsettled weather trend going for a while yet.

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For further information please contact:
Daniel Corbett Media and Communications Meteorologist (04)4700 754
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