Enjoy it while it lasts

July 10, 2016

After a week that brought torrential downpours to Auckland and gales to many others, the country is taking a respite as an area of high pressure crosses the country over the next couple of days. The Gisborne and Hawkes Bay regions have had the highest total rainfall over the past few days, with many places topping up over 150mm during that time.

Lighter winds and dry weather is now on the cards for most for the first half of next week. “With little cloud around, do expect some cold and frosty nights,” said meteorologist Emma Blades. “There are likely to be some severe frosts on Monday and Tuesday mornings in the eastern and lower South Island, so do check the forecast temperatures for your location,” added Ms Blades.

Temperatures will start to pick up slightly mid-week, especially overnight, as warmer air makes its way towards us from across the Tasman Sea. “This warmer air will be bringing plenty of rain with it, at first in a northerly flow, before turning westerly, so northern and western regions will bear the brunt of the rain,” cautioned Ms Blades.

The first place to be hit will be the west coast of the South Island, with heavy rain, thunderstorms and strong winds forecast. “Once the heavy rain has passed through, the air becomes colder and we are forecasting snow for the mountains about the Divide, which should provide a great top-up to ski fields around the Southern Lakes.”

MetService is also forecasting severe north to northwest gales in exposed parts of southern and central New Zealand on Wednesday and Thursday. And to top it off, the westerly flow is forecast to bring heavy swell of 5-8 metres for western coasts. “With this next batch of weather heading in, we advise people to check the MetService severe weather updates for details on timings and locations as we go through the week,” recommended Ms Blades.

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

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