Boisterous weather to continue

January 3, 2014

The very active spring-like front currently bringing strong to severe gales and heavy rain to parts of central New Zealand will gradually ease later this evening as it slides into the Pacific.

This front has brought some dramatic contrasts in the weather today over New Zealand: from over 300mm of rain in the Westland ranges, to damaging winds gusting up to 140kph in the hills surrounding Wellington, to sunshine and 28C from the warm northwest winds in Gisborne.

MetService Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented,”This boisterous front that has brought such contrasting weather will ease tonight and clear the country overnight, taking the rain and wind with it”.

Saturday will be a quieter day weather-wise in many places, but another spell of wet weather will move in from the west during Saturday evening. This wet weather will clear away to the east by the end of Sunday, bringing a fine and settled day for much of the country on Monday.

The remainder of next week will see a continuation of this unsettled pattern of wet weather.

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

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