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Settled weather this weekend but more rain on the way

Covering period of Thu 04 – Mon 08 April

The current weather system is forecast to clear the country in time for the weekend, but MetService meteorologists are keeping an eye on the next frontal system which brings the risk of rain for most of the country next week.

This working week ends with a band of rain moving north over the North Island, while it doesn’t look to bring widespread heavy rain there is potential for isolated heavy falls from thunderstorms in some regions such as Waikato and the Bay of Plenty.

Over the weekend, a large area of high pressure slides across New Zealand bringing generally settled weather for most people.

“The weekend should see some drier and brighter weather for much of New Zealand,” MetService meteorologist Lewis Ferris comments, however he warns, “the new working week will bring the next weather system of concern.”

A northwesterly wind flow sets up over the South Island at the beginning of next week dragging in warm, moisture laden air which is forecast to bring a few wet days to New Zealand. Current information suggests heavy rain will begin for the southwest of the South Island on Tuesday and the rest of the country getting a dose in the following days.

Even though this is a familiar pattern when it comes to New Zealand weather – the warm, humid air from the Tasman Sea brings the potential for large rainfall amounts about the higher ranges and mountains of the South Island West Coast.

As well as taking advantage of the calmer weather over the weekend, MetService recommends keeping a close eye on the forecasts for next week as a burst of wind and rain is lined up for most areas.

For media enquiries or to arrange an interview with one of our meteorologists please call 04 4700 848 or email metcomms@metservice.com

Understanding MetService Severe Weather Warning System

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings (Localised Red Warning) – take cover now:

  • This warning is a red warning for a localised area.
  • When extremely severe weather is occurring or will do within the hour.
  • Severe thunderstorms have the ability to have significant impacts for an area indicated in the warning.
  • In the event of a Severe Thunderstorm Red Warning: Act now!

Red Warnings are about taking immediate action:

  • When extremely severe weather is imminent or is occurring
  • Issued when an event is expected to be among the worst that we get – it will have significant impact and it is possible that a lot of people will be affected
  • In the event of a Red Warning: Act now!

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  • When severe weather is imminent or is occurring
  • Typically issued 1 – 3 days in advance of potential severe weather
  • In the event of an Orange Warning: Take action.

Thunderstorm Watch means thunderstorms are possible, be alert and consider action

  • Show the area that thunderstorms are most likely to occur during the validity period.
  • Although thunderstorms are often localised, the whole area is on watch as it is difficult to know exactly where the severe thunderstorm will occur within the mapped area.
  • During a thunderstorm Watch: Stay alert and take action if necessary.

Watches are about being alert:

  • When severe weather is possible, but not sufficiently imminent or certain for a warning to be issued
  • Typically issued 1 – 3 days in advance of potential severe weather.
  • During a Watch: Stay alert

Outlooks are about looking ahead:

  • To provide advanced information on possible future Watches and/or Warnings
  • Issued routinely once or twice a day
  • Recommendation: Plan

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