No Let Up in the Weather

November 16, 2016

After an eventful week, the disruption many people faced due to the weather may not be over just yet. Unsettled weather is expected over most parts of the country today and tomorrow, as a complex low crosses New Zealand and moves away to the east later on Thursday.

Yesterday, plans in the aftermath of the earthquakes were further complicated by road closures, due to surface flooding and slips from heavy rain. “The rain has cleared for a time, and some will be enjoying a brief respite this afternoon, with sunny breaks in most places”, said meteorologist Derek Holland. However, this will change as we head into the evening, with thundery rain bands crossing both Islands from the west this evening and overnight. For details on affected areas see the latest thunderstorm charts at  Besides thunderstorms, heavy rain may affect central and northern parts of New Zealand and a Severe Weather Watch has been issued.

As the low moves to the southeast of the country during Thursday, southerly gales spread up the east coast of the South Island, and may reach severe gale for a time about the Kaikoura Coast , Marlborough, and Wellington. “A Severe Weather Watch for wind has been issued for Thursday, which includes areas affected by the quakes,” commented MetService meteorologist Derek Holland.  These southerlies also bring a burst of rain to eastern parts of the South Island, which could impact clean-up efforts in the Kaikoura region.   Cooler temperatures are also forecast, along with a risk of snow near the summits of some South Island road passes.



The good news is that the weather settles down as we move into the weekend.

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For further information please contact:
Derek Holland   Meteorologist (04) 4700 848 

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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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