Week of typical spring weather ahead

October 17, 2016

Spring snow flurries and hailstorms affected parts of New Zealand towards the end of last week, leading to a chilly start to the weekend. As the weekend progressed, the weather settled and temperatures recovered.

“A week of typical spring weather lies ahead, with a series of fronts affecting the country from Tuesday. Toasty temperatures are expected for the first half of the week, especially in eastern areas,” explained MetService Meteorologist Ciaran Doolin.

A ridge of high pressure drapes over the North Island on Monday and Tuesday, bringing fine weather.  In the South Island, a front approaches the Far South today before slowly moving up the island tomorrow. The front is expected to bring heavy rain to western areas and northwest gales to eastern areas from tonight.  A Severe Weather Warning and Watch are in force for this event.

On Wednesday this front moves onto the North Island, bringing a period of rain to southern and central areas. Meanwhile a second, weak front moves onto the South Island spreading rain across western and south-eastern areas. Both fronts continue to move north on Thursday, spreading rain to remaining areas of the country.

Rain gradually clears from the South Island on Friday, and turns to showers over the North Island as the last front moves to the east.

“A narrow ridge of high pressure squeezes over the country on Saturday. Showers progressively clear over the North Island, setting up nicely for Saturday night’s Bledisloe Cup game in Auckland,” Doolin said.

The rest of the weekend still looks a little uncertain and changeable, so keep up to date with forecasts in the coming days ahead of the long weekend.

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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