Hello Autumn

February 27, 2014

A cold front reaching the south of the South Island late Thursday heralds the return of some cool temperatures and forecasts of a dusting of snow about the higher peaks of the South Island. The front is set to weaken as it crosses the Cook Strait area late Friday which is good news for outside plans this weekend over the North Island, but unfortunately means no respite for the dry soils of Waikato, Waitomo and Central Plateau.

“The band of rain and showers that moves up the South Island on Friday is likely to be a fairly active feature along eastern shores of the South Island so it will be wise to stay up to date with the latest thunderstorm forecasts” MetService meteorologist John Law said. “It is generally a quieter day across the country on Saturday, with a distinctly autumnal feel at the start. On Sunday, New Zealand finds itself in the grip of a southwest flow, meaning the return of cooler and showery conditions, especially over the South Island.”

This weekend will be a busy one for cyclists with the “Ride the Rakaia” race and the “Karapoti Classic” on Saturday. “Although there are some thundery showers in store for the Canterbury Plains on Friday and some less significant showers for the lower North Island overnight Friday, drier weather is in the pipeline for Saturday over both the Canterbury plains and also for the Akatarawa Ranges, albeit with a nip in the air” Law said.

If you are one of those who like to combine your cycle ride with a gruelling swim and a run, then the Taupo “Ironman” event may be your scene this Saturday. The current forecast for Taupo is for the odd shower overnight Friday but a fine day on Saturday, with a southwest breeze and maximum temperatures around 21C. Good luck to everybody competing and especially to David, one of the MetService meteorologists.

The tropics have been slow to fire up but all eyes are on Fiji for what should result in another named tropical cyclone over the weekend.

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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