Who left the freezer door ajar?

May 26, 2014

The cold outbreak over the weekend was felt by most over the South Island and continues to move north over the next day or so. “Snow was reported to low levels in the far south, and the accompanying blustery southerly winds made for a very cold night on Sunday” MetService Communications Meteorologist Elke Louw commented.

As the front moves over the North Island today it is expected to weaken, with the strong winds easing as the day progresses. The cold showers will slowly start to clear as well. 

“A ridge of high pressure is expected to build across the country Monday evening, accompanied by clear skies. However, with the cold air still lingering in many places, very chilly mornings are expected this week” Louw said. Widespread frosts are expected tomorrow and Wednesday morning, with severe frosts likely for inland parts of the South Island. The Capital can expect a minimum of around 4C, with places in the Waikato and Wairarapa in the region of 2C. “Even the far north can expect a chilly start, with people waking up to minimums in the low single digits. Those travelling on the roads during these mornings will need to be wary of ‘black ice’ from the deep-south to the far north” Louw commented.

Another front approaches the South Island mid-week, bringing another spell of heavy rain to the West Coast of the South Island, with northwest gales and very low temperatures once again likely in the east. 

Another cold Antarctic blast behind this front is likely to bring snow once again to low levels in the south and east of the South Island as we head into Thursday. This front will move quickly up the North Island later on Thursday, before another clearing, frosty ridge starts to build as we head into 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.

If you want to know about potential delays before you hit the state highways visit the NZ Transport Agency’s onthemove.govt.nz website and sign up for free, customisable email alerts designed to inform you before you start your journey about notable road and driving conditions, incidents and road works taking place on New Zealand’s state highways. Motorists can also visit www.highwayinfo.govt.nz for up to date information from the NZTA, or call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS for either the latest highway conditions or to report incidents or hazards on the state highways.


For further information please contact:
Elke Louw Meteorologist (04)4700 754


+++++++++++++ 
MetService issues Warnings, Watches and Outlooks for severe weather over New Zealand.
Warnings are about taking action:
* When severe weather is imminent or is occurring
* Issued only when required
* Recommendation: ACT
Watches are about being alert:
* When severe weather is possible, but not sufficiently imminent or certain for a Warning to be issued
* Issued only when required
* Recommendation: BE READY
Outlooks are about looking ahead:
* To provide advance information on possible future Watches and/or Warnings
* Issued routinely once or twice a day
* Recommendation: PLAN
+++++++++++++

Advertisements
%d bloggers like this: