Weather a mixed bag with thunderstorms

December 16, 2013

This week is likely to bring further spells of fine summery weather, but a couple of troughs will bring rainfall to a number of places as they slide up the country.

MetService Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented,”These troughs should bring some wet spells in places this week, but between these the drier days will be decent for outdoor plans.”

The first trough will slide up the country late Monday and Tuesday bringing a period of rain or showers followed by slightly cooler air.

Afternoon heating will also help generate thunderstorms, some of which could be severe across inland North Island locations on Monday and again Tuesday; see the Severe Thunderstorm Outlook for the latest details.

A second trough will spread another band of rain or showers up the country during Wednesday.

At this stage, another trough may affect the country over the weekend. The exact details of the weather for early next week and the run up to Christmas still need to iron themselves out, but at this point it seems the weather might continue to be a mixed bag.

In the run up to Christmas, keep up to date with the latest forecasts and any watches/warnings at or on mobile devices at You can also follow our updates on MetService TV, @metservice on Twitter and at

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

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