Sunshine to replace cloud and rain

April 17, 2016

Rain that has been falling in parts of New Zealand on Sunday will be replaced by clearer skies this week, due to a ridge of high pressure moving onto the country.

A low pressure system is moving southeast over the upper North Island bringing rain, and a severe weather watch for heavy rain is in force for Auckland, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne. However, the low is expected to move away from the North Island during Monday. Meanwhile, a front moving north over the South Island is also expected to weaken on Monday as the ridge of high pressure begins to dominate.

The ridge is set to remain over New Zealand until late in the week. “Most places will see plenty of sunshine this week after the rain bands clear the country. There could still be a few showers in some places, but predominantly it’s looking fine,” said MetService Meteorologist Stephen Glassey.

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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. 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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