A week of two halves

April 10, 2016

Several fronts are forecast to move over New Zealand during the first half of this week bringing rain or showers at various times. However, these fronts are expected to clear the country late Wednesday and will be replaced by a ridge of high pressure, bringing settled weather on Thursday and Friday.

A heavy rain warning has been issued for Fiordland and parts of Westland on Monday. “Other parts of New Zealand will also get rain or showers as these fronts move northeast over New Zealand during the first half of the week, but the trend is for the rain or showers to be replaced by fine weather for most places from Thursday,” commented MetService Meteorologist Stephen Glassey.

Cold southwesterlies behind the fronts could also bring snow showers to the hills of Southland and Otago on Wednesday, before the ridge of high pressure arrives on Thursday.

Official Severe Weather Watches and Warnings are reviewed and re-issued by MetService at least every twelve hours, and more often if necessary. To get the most up to date information on severe weather around the country, or any other forecasts, see 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 


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. They are issued only when required.
Recommendation: ACT 

Watches are about being alert when severe weather is possible, but not sufficiently imminent or certain for a Warning to be issued. They are issued only when required.
Recommendation: BE READY 

Outlooks are about looking ahead, providing advance information on possible future Watches and/or Warnings. They are issued routinely once or twice a day.
Recommendation: PLAN 

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