A cool and showery start to the week

December 6, 2015

The cold front which affected the South Island on Saturday and the North Island on Sunday is expected to move north of the country by Monday night. Meanwhile, a southwesterly flow prevails over much of the country, and spreads over the upper North Island on Monday following the passage of the front. “This flow is expected to pepper coastal areas of both Islands with showers and bring a cooler start to the week for many,” said MetService Meteorologist Ciaran Doolin.

The southwesterly flow strengthens on Tuesday, and then eases on Wednesday as a weak ridge of high pressure spreads over the country from the Tasman Sea. Late Wednesday a strong northwesterly flow develops over the lower South Island ahead of an approaching front, with gales likely about high ground.

This front is forecast to bring a burst of heavy rain to Fiordland early Thursday, before weakening as it moves up the West Coast of the South Island. A few spots of rain are expected further east as the front progresses north. On Friday the front moves onto the North Island, bringing a period of rain to central and southern areas.

Keep up to date with the latest forecasts and any watches/warnings at metservice.com or on mobile devices at m.metservice.com. You can also follow our updates on MetService TV, at MetService New Zealand on Facebook, @metservice and @MetServiceWARN on Twitter and at blog.metservice.com

For further information please contact:
Ciaran Doolin Meteorologist (04)4700848

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