Cold and active spring weather

October 28, 2014

A series of boisterous and rapidly moving fronts are expected to sweep across New Zealand today and Wednesday.

“This is going to be preceded by heavy rain for western areas, and northwest gales in many exposed places” MetService Meteorologist Elke Louw said. “There is currently a watch out for severe gales for most of the North Island and a warning for Canterbury high country and foothills”. The rain and showers could be accompanied by some squally thunderstorms from Taranaki to southern Auckland.

Wednesday will see further showers, gale westerlies, squally thunderstorms and some hail for western areas from Milford to Northland. “The West Coast will be the first to experience the squally, wintry showers during the morning. The lower North Island follows on Wednesday afternoon with the showers reaching Auckland in the evening” Louw went on the say. “Gale westerly winds, with gusts to 110km/h in these heavy showers are likely, and further warnings may be required” Louw commented.

“There is going to be a definite wintry feel to the air over the next couple of days with these strong blustery winds and colder temperatures”, Louw said. The rain clears for a brief period for the North Island as we head towards the end of the week. The weekend will once again see another front approaching from the Tasman Sea, with strengthening northwest winds as well as rain, with the likelihood of some heavy falls for the western areas.

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For further information please contact:
Elke Louw Meteorologist (04)4700754

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