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A sun drenched weekend for most

Posted at 9:25am Saturday 08 Apr, 2017

After this week’s deluge over many parts of New Zealand, severe weather is on many people’s minds more than usual.

With stories already circulating about more heavy rain and a tropical cyclone, MetService is keen to reassure New Zealanders about the weather ahead – and where to find reliable information.

MetService meteorologist Lisa Murray says this weekend is looking good across most of the country with plenty of blue skies, but some places may feel somewhat chilly overnight and the air gets that Autumnal bite.

However, although next week starts with plenty of sunshine, an approaching low will bring cloud and rain which should reach the South Island from the Tasman Sea on Wednesday, while its associated front will be preceded by a band of rain in western areas.

“At this stage global weather models are uncertain about just where the cloud and rain will be, which is not uncommon this far out.”

Because of the uncertainty, there is currently low confidence of rainfall reaching warning criteria in some parts of the north and west of both islands from Wednesday.

“This is certainly a system worth keeping tabs on, as it is coming on the heels of this week’s widespread heavy rain and flooding. Our expert meteorologist team are monitoring it closely and will keep you up to date through official watches and warnings at metservice.com.”

Turning to the tropics, Tropical Depression TD20F is sitting northwest of Fiji and looks favourable to intensify at the end of the weekend.

“While there is a chance this Low could develop into a tropical cyclone from Sunday evening near Vanuatu, the direction it takes after that is very uncertain. It is way too early to make an accurate forecast of its future track and impacts.”

As well as being New Zealand’s only official weather forecasting and warning service, MetService is also the country’s official Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

“All official advisories and bulletins about Tropical Cyclones that could affect New Zealand originate from MetService,” adds Lisa.

MetService’s tropical specialist meteorologists monitor the tropics 24/7 and provide daily briefings to the NZ Government and to South Pacific nations about the potential for tropical cyclone development, which can be read on their website at info.metraweather.com.

Keep up to date with the latest forecasts and any watches/warnings at metservice.com or on mobile devices at m.metservice.com.

You can also follow updates on MetService TV, on Facebook, @metservice and @MetServiceWARN on Twitter and at blog.metservice.com


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