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Coldest Weather Of The Week On Friday And Saturday

Issued at 12:41pm 03-Jul-2008

Coldest Weather Of The Week On Friday And Saturday

MetService forecasters expect that the coldest weather of the week will coincide with a low pressure system crossing the South Island on Friday and Saturday. "The low is likely to bring bursts of heavy rain and snow, and to be followed by an area of severe southerly gales," commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt. "This is a not a good time to be outdoors."

Recently, there has been a reasonable amount of rain over the Southern Alps and the southern half of the North Island. The extra rain expected today and accompanying this low later on Friday is likely to make soils even soggier, increasing the risk of slips and surface flooding.

As the low moves away from the east of New Zealand later on Friday, rain and southerly gales are expected to spread to eastern parts of the South Island - and snow may be heavy down to low levels there. Heavy snow is also likely over the inland parts of Westland, Buller, and Nelson, and the North Island central plateau on Friday night and Saturday.

On Saturday, severe southerly or southwesterly gales are likely to spread along the coast from Dunedin to Mahia Peninsula. This southerly change may reach Wellington in time to affect the All Blacks - Springboks game on Saturday evening.

Mr. McDavitt added that this weekend marks the start of the winter school holiday break. "Driving conditions are likely to hazardous in many parts of the country on Friday afternoon and Saturday. Holiday makers should check the latest road and weather conditions before setting off or maybe postpone their travel a few days."


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