Goodbye Spring Hello Winter

June 2, 2015

June has arrived and brings with it the promise of some colder weather.”Time for skiers and boarders to get excited and for everyone to put a warm hat and some gloves in their bag,” said MetService meteorologist Rob Kerr.

“However, many will be wanting to keep their raincoats or umbrellas handy at the start of this week, as a broad complex low moves over the country bringing significant rain to many parts of New Zealand,” Kerr added.

MetService has issued Severe Weather Warnings and Watches for heavy rain on Tuesday into early Wednesday for the northern half of the North Island,and also for the top of the South Island covering Nelson and Marlborough.Heavy rain is also forecast for the lower South Island, affecting Southland, Clutha and Dunedin, and is expected to become persistent early on Wednesday morning.

As the low tracks away to the southeast from tomorrow, a cold southerly change sweeps over the country, bringing snow down to around 400 metres over Southland and Otago, and also about the Canterbury High country overnight Wednesday and into Thursday.

The cold air then spreads onto the North Island as we move into Friday,but southwesterlies ease towards the weekend as a ridge of high pressure moves over the country. This means a frosty start for some on Saturday, especially for the South Island and inland parts of the North Island.

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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
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* 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

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