Sunshine after the storm

February 24, 2014

After a very active Sunday where thunderstorms produced lightning, hail and even tornadoes over Canterbury, the weather for Monday is a lot more settled over much of New Zealand. One area to keep an eye on though is the far south of the country, where severe gale north-westerlies are expected around Stewart Island and through Foveaux Strait.

“The general theme of the weather for this week is settled” MetService Meteorologist John Law said. “We are not in for the same very high temperatures of last week, but there will still be some fine weather as high pressure builds across the country from the Tasman Sea. A brief southerly change forecast for the end of the week could bring some cooler temperatures for a time and we are likely to see the return of showers for parts of the North Island.”

MetService keeps a constant, vigilant eye on the tropics, and after a few quieter weeks the tropics look set to come alive again. “Looking at the latest computer model guidance and the outlook from the Fiji Meteorological Service, there is a low to moderate potential for a tropical cyclone to form between Vanuatu and Fiji later in the week” Law said. “Given that that it hasn’t even formed yet; it is too early to say whether it would have any impact on New Zealand.”

With plenty of activities set for this coming weekend, Karapoti Classic, the Taupo Iron Man and the Martinborough Fair to name just a few, the weather is set to be a key player once again. 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 Meteorologist (04)4700 754

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