Another wet spell before the weekend

October 29, 2013

The anticyclone currently crossing the country will make way for a new trough from the Tasman Sea and another round of wet and windy weather.

MetService Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented, “The brief anticyclone will bring some fine spring weather for outdoors plans, but it will be back to the raincoats during the second half of the week as the next rainmaker rolls in.”

The next weather system will bring a spell of rain, possibly heavy and thundery at times, over the upper South Island and the south of the North Island from Wednesday evening. MetService expects the existing Severe Weather Watch to be upgrade to a warning by early Wednesday.

The rain and possible thunderstorms should spread across the rest of the North Island on Thursday. In the meantime, another trough is expected to shift north over the South IsIand on Thursday, bringing a cold southwest change and some rain to the west and south of the South Island.

The outlook for the weekend at this point is for a brief, drier spell before a new low arrives early next week.

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

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