Thunderstorms clear, prospects brighter for weekend

November 7, 2013

The current low that is pin wheeling across northern parts of the North Island will pull away to the northeast of the North Island over the weekend.

MetService Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented. “Weather prospects look brighter over the weekend as the lingering low gradually weakens and moves slightly east of New Zealand”

In the meantime however, many parts of the North Island will be exposed to the risk of thunderstorms and associated downpours. See our Thunderstorm Outlook and Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the latest risk areas.

Further south, across central New Zealand, including Taranaki down to Marlborough, it is just plain old rain, whereas much of the far south and west of the South Island is experiencing mostly fine and warm weather. Milford Sound on Wednesday climbed to 23C in the sunshine.

Over the weekend, once the remnant low clears away, fine and dry weather should predominate apart from very isolated showers. A new ridge spreading in from the south Tasman Sea will allow the settled weather to linger for most areas into 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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