Settled start to the week not set to last

September 6, 2015

Some very frosty mornings are expected to start the week after a front swept the country this weekend, leaving cold southerly air in its wake. A ridge is approaching the country on Monday, and will move onto the country on Tuesday, meaning that many places will see clear skies, and dying winds. This is the perfect recipe for frosts.

“Frosts are likely to become severe in inland places in the South Island,” said MetService meteorologist Claire Flynn. “People should also be aware that there may be black ice on roads in sheltered places, particularly for the likes of Otago and Southland, so please take care when driving.”

Though settled weather is expected to start the week, this will not last.Rain is expected to develop from midweek, as a complex trough approaches from the Tasman Sea. This trough is expected to reach the west of the South Island on Wednesday, and then move onto the North Island on Thursday. The east of the South Island is also looking to get wet, as a cold front approaches from the south on Thursday, bringing showers.

Heading into Friday, things should ease again as the trough moves away from the North Island, and a ridge moves onto the south.

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For further information please contact:
Claire Flynn Meteorologist (04)4700848

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