A mixed bag of weather this week

November 18, 2013

A couple of weak weather systems at opposite ends of the country, along with a passing anticyclone, mean it’ll be a mixed bag of weather for New Zealand this week.

MetService Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented, “Some places will enjoy some dry and fine weather over the next several days, but keep the raincoats on stand-by – particularly towards the end of the week.”

A high will build just to the east of the South Island bringing mostly dry conditions in the far south of the South Island. This high will put most of the country in a mild northerly flow as it gradually slides further east of the country during mid-week. This will help temperatures to climb into the 20’s in most areas.

However, the remnants of an old front and some favourable atmospheric conditions will bring a good chance of heavy showers and thunderstorms across other parts of New Zealand through to mid-week, especially during the afternoons and evenings. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for inland areas from the Gisborne ranges down to Nelson until later this evening.

At this point, it looks like the weather will turn wetter later in the week as those weather systems bring rain to more places.

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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