Still in a wet cycle

May 20, 2013

The unsettled theme in the weather will continue this week,as another broad trough and a procession of rain bands slowly crosses New Zealand.

Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented, ” This week the raincoat will probably get a bit more use than the sunglasses, as spells of wet weather move across the country.”

Despite prospects of wet weather during the week, it will not mean rain all the time but the drier spells will be in short supply. Rain is likely to be heavy and at times thundery in the north and west, and a severe weather watch has been issued for northwest Nelson and Mt Taranaki.

In the second half of the week, as the wind flow turns more westerly then colder southerly, showery conditions are expected. Although the cold southerly towards the end of the week should be fairly short-lived, it may bring lowering snow levels across parts of the South Island.

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

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