Colder air returns

June 16, 2014

Rain is set to spread once again across the country during Monday. Severe weather watches and warnings for heavy rain are in place for parts of Westland, Nelson, Marlborough and the eastern Bay of Plenty.

“We start the week with another area of low pressure quickly running across New Zealand from the Tasman Sea, which will bring with it some more spells of wet and blustery conditions” MetService Meteorologist John Law said “Unlike last week, the rain is set to rush through quickly, followed by a cooler southwest flow.”

The colder air is set to drop freezing levels, and as a result, snow showers return to the forecast, down as low as 500 metres in parts of Southland and Otago on Thursday. The cooler weather is great news for this year’s Winter Festival in Queenstown which is set to kick off on Friday. MetService will once again be supporting the festival and will be presenting at an Avalanche Awareness seminar in conjunction with New Zealand Mountain Safety Council.

This week marks National Volunteer week. In addition to the almost 180 automatic weather stations, radars and satellites, MetService still receives valuable information about current weather conditions from volunteer weather observers across the country and from mariners around our coastline. “Understanding what the weather is doing right now is such an important part of putting together a forecast and the information that we obtain from our volunteer observers is invaluable” MetService meteorologist John Law said. “It is great to get a chance to say thank you to all of them as well as to all the volunteers such as the Coastguard and Search and Rescue teams who use our forecasts to perform such amazing tasks.”

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John Law Meteorologist (04)4700 754
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