More spring weather but quieter for Labour weekend

October 23, 2013

A rapidly deepening low in the south Tasman Sea will bring another round of heavy rain and severe gales to parts of the country in the next day or so.

MetService Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented,”This next weather system will be quite an active low with a very tight pressure gradient, which in turn will bring very strong winds and heavy rain, especially across parts of the South Island.”

MetService has issued Severe Weather Watches and Warnings for the approaching system that will spread yet more heavy rain into the West Coast of the South Island and the headwaters of the Southern Alps. In addition,as the low swings by the southern tip of the South Island the tightening pressure gradient will bring potentially damaging winds from Canterbury to Wellington and the Wairarapa during Thursday and early Friday.

As this system sweeps north it will bring spells of rain to the rest of the country into Friday. There could even be some thundery weather along the front in the far northwest of the country.

The Labour Day holiday weekend will bring a westerly wind flow across the country, which will mean generally drier and milder weather in the east and wetter in the west. That said, the weekend won’t be a complete washout – but it may be a good idea to keep a raincoat and umbrella handy.

With Labour weekend almost upon us, be sure to keep up to date with the latest forecasts and any watches/warnings at or on mobile devices at You can also follow our updates on MetService TV, @metservice on Twitter and at

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

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