A colder week with rain at times

July 8, 2013

This week will feel much colder as air of a southerly origin hangs over much of New Zealand, along with spells of wind, rain and even some snow to lower levels.

MetService Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented, “This week we will be back to the raincoats and warm layers as unsettled weather is likely to linger over the North Island and northeast of the South Island.”

An active weather system will spread over the South Island during Monday night and Tuesday, bringing a spell of rain and some snow down to low levels, especially inland parts of Southland and Otago. In addition, there is a risk of strong thunderstorm activity for many western coasts during Tuesday, reaching the North Island late in the day.

Once this weather system reaches the North Island, it is expected to linger there for the remainder of the week. A southeasterly flow will spread outbreaks of rain and wind across parts of the North Island,especially from Gisborne down to the Wairarapa.

For the South Island around Nelson, the West Coast and parts of Otago and Southland, clearing skies later this week will lead to sharp overnight frosts for many locations.

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 (04) 4700-754 Media and Communications Meteorologist MetService

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