Strong wind and heavy rain for parts of the country

November 26, 2015

A cold front approaching the country from the south today will reach the far south tonight, and is set to bring a variety of severe weather for many parts of the country.

MetService have issued a Severe Weather Warning for severe northwesterly gales in exposed places in eastern areas of the South Island, as well as Fiordland, Wellington, and southern Wairarapa for today and tomorrow. These gales could bring gusts of 160 km/hr to the South Island areas, and 130 km/hr to Wellington and Wairarapa.

“Warnings for fronts crossing New Zealand are not uncommon, but this event has the potential to be more severe than most due to these extreme wind gusts” commented MetService meteorologist Claire Flynn. “Ahead of the front, we are also expecting heavy rain in the west of the South Island, along with spillover into the eastern headwaters, where warnings are also in force. Farther east, some warm temperatures can be expected, with highs forecast to reach the high twenties or even the low thirties,” Flynn went on to say.

As we head into Sunday, a ridge of high pressure builds over the country,putting an end to the severe weather. Rain is forecast over most areas of the North Island during Saturday, and is expected to clear from the south from late morning, bringing fine weather to most by Sunday. Rain or showers are forecast to continue on Saturday in the west and south of the South Island, but by Sunday, this too will have cleared for all but Fiordland.

“Unfortunately, it is looking rainy for the Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge on Saturday. Aucklanders will have a bit more luck, however, with dry weather expected for their Santa Parade on Sunday,” Flynn says.

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For further information please contact:

Claire Flynn Meteorologist (04)4700848

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