Weather changes pace again

November 28, 2013

The complex area of low pressure that has brought some welcome rain to much of the North Island, and the north of the South Island, will gradually pull away to the southeast, and usher in a brief spell of drier weather.

MetService Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented,”The departing low will have a slight sting in its tail with numerous thunderstorms, persistent rain and southerly gales, but Friday is looking much drier and brighter for most of the country.”

However, a fast-moving trough is on its way and is likely to spread another spell of wet weather along the west coast of the South Island during Friday afternoon, with some spilling over into the Otago and Canterbury lake and river catchments. In addition, severe northwest gales are expected in parts of Canterbury, Marlborough, Wairarapa and Wellington. MetService has issued a Severe Weather Warning for this event.

The worst of the rain and wind should weaken as the trough pushes north over the rest of the country this weekend. It will turn cooler in the far south behind the front on Sunday.

For the annual Lake Taupo cycle challenge set to take place on Saturday, the weakening trough is likely to bring thickening cloud and some rain and wind later on Saturday. Good luck to everyone taking part, especially members of the MetService team.

A new high from the Tasman Sea will bring mainly dry and settled weather for the start of next week.

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:
John Law Communications Meteorologist (04)4700 754


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