Wet weather to come

November 25, 2013

The recent fine and sunny weather is coming to an end as a new low brings periods of rain across much of the country this week.

MetService Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented, “A broad and complex low will sit just to the west of the country over the next several days with bands of cloud and rain spinning around the main centre like spokes around a bicycle wheel.”

Rain is expected to affect most of the country from late Monday through Tuesday and Wednesday and it may be heavy at times, so a Severe Weather Watch has been issued for much of the North Island and the upper South Island. A moist northerly feed ahead of the weather system also brings the risk of some thunderstorms and downpours over the North Island. It will also feel warm and humid in places over the next several days.

The finer details of the forecast for the end of the week are proving indefinable at this stage but the trend is for the weather to become slightly drier with still some showers about.

Keep up to date with the latest forecasts especially those with outdoors activities/events such as the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge on Saturday. The latest watches/warnings can be found on 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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MetService issues Warnings, Watches and Outlooks for severe weather over New Zealand.
Warnings are about taking action:
* When severe weather is imminent or is occurring
* Issued only when required
* Recommendation: ACT
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* When severe weather is possible, but not sufficiently imminent or certain for a Warning to be issued
* Issued only when required
* Recommendation: BE READY
Outlooks are about looking ahead:
* To provide advance information on possible future Watches and/or Warnings
* Issued routinely once or twice a day
* Recommendation: PLAN
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