More wet and windy weather to come

October 21, 2013

The anticyclone that brought the fine spell this past weekend will slide off to the northeast of New Zealand this week, allowing the active spring westerlies to steer more weather systems our way.

MetService Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented,”This week will see a return to the active spring theme, with spells of rain, gales and even thunder in places over the coming days.”

The first of several active fronts will slide up the country during late Monday and Tuesday. Severe Weather Watches and Warnings are already in place for heavy rain on the west coast of the South Island, and strong to severe gales from Southland to inland Canterbury.

This weather system will ease away to the east by Wednesday, but another active system will bring a further spell of wind and rain to western areas of New Zealand later on Wednesday.

With a general westerly flow this week temperatures will be fairly mild, with afternoon highs into the twenties in places especially in some eastern locations.

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

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