Turning wet this weekend

June 14, 2013

A broad area of low pressure residing over the Tasman Sea will spread outbreaks of rain across much of New Zealand during the second half of the weekend.

MetService Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented, “The approaching low will have a lot of available moisture from the sub-tropics, which could make it quite a wet end to the weekend in many places”

The leading edge of this wet weather will spread onto the West Coast of the South Island on Saturday night, and across the rest of New Zealand during Sunday. There could be some heavy bursts of rain, especially in northern and western areas from Nelson over to Northland. MetService have already issued a severe weather warning for Nelson for this event, and a watch for many districts further north as well as eastern parts of the South Island.

By Monday the main band of persistent rain will be located along the east coast of the South Island.

The rain will slowly turn more showery as the area of low pressure moves across New Zealand during the middle of next week, followed by a cooler southerly flow.

Keep up to date with the latest forecasts and watches/warnings at metservice.com or on mobile devices at m.metservice.com. You can also follow our updates on MetService TV, @metservice on Twitter and at blog.metservice.com.

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

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