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MetService - Brace for a Wet and Windy week

MetService - Brace for a Wet and Windy week

Issued by MetService at 03:03pm 02-May-2004 Brace For A Wet and Windy Week

MetService meteorologists are forecasting wet and windy weather to affect much of the country over the next few days. A large low pressure system is expected to deepen to below 950 hectoPascals as it passes by to the south, intensifying the winds and fronts over New Zealand.

"Northwest winds are already on the increase," comments MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt. "These winds should become very gusty in central areas from Monday. They are forecast to reach their peak on Wednesday, when all central and eastern parts of the country may be affected by high winds. It will take several days for the rain bands associated with this deep low to cross us. Squally downpours are most likely over the South Island on Tuesday and Wednesday and over the North Island on Wednesday and Thursday."

This weather pattern is still evolving and the details of peak wind and rain are likely to change daily. People wishing to brace themselves can find up-to-date details at the http://www.metservice.co.nz website.

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