The weekend: wet and windy for some but otherwise mild

August 1, 2013

A sub-tropical low, with an abundant supply of moisture, will spread down across much of New Zealand over the next few days.

MetService Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented, “This weather system originated in the tropics, and will bring some heavy rain in places this weekend, especially across northern and eastern regions of the North Island. MetService has already issued severe weather watches and warnings for this event.”

The band of persistent rain associated with this low will gradually spread down to central New Zealand by the end of the weekend.

Rugby fans heading to the big match in Hamilton on Saturday night might want to grab a rain coat just in case, but the main rain band should have passed over by game time.

By next Monday, the winds are expected to have swung from easterlies to westerlies, bringing cooler conditions.

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

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