Archive for October, 2013

Much better weather over the weekend

October 31, 2013

The complex trough affecting the country will head away to the east in the next 24 hours allowing more settled weather to build in for the weekend.

MetService Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented, “A slightly cooler southwest flow will spread in behind our rainmaker to usher in drier weather for the weekend but one or two showers may still linger around.”

Before the current weather system moves on its way, areas of heavy thundery rain are likely over parts of the North Island. Following this system, the cooler southwest flow is likely to bring some showers across most areas on Friday, with the risk of isolated thunderstorms.

A large high in the Tasman Sea will gradually build down over New Zealand for the weekend but the prevailing southwest flow may still bring a few showers especially in southern and western areas.

By Sunday night, northwesterly winds will return to the far south of the South Island hinting at another approaching weather system for early next week.

Keep up to date with the latest forecasts and any 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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