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Weather Workshop: 5 day forecast for NZ

Issued by Weather Workshop on Wednesday, June 23, 1999 at 11.30am

The long range forecast from Weather Workshop for all of New Zealand to
midnight Sunday.

Situation: A weak cold front is expected to brush the east coast of the
South Island today then move away to the east having little affect
elsewhere. Ridge conditions persist in most other places. Tomorrow and
Friday the high pressure ridge is expected to remain slow moving with
easterlies predominating in the far north. Also later Friday a cold front is
likely to move onto the far south of the South Island. During Saturday a
cold southerly outbreak should slowly move northwards over South Island
areas with pressures remaining low north of the country. The cold air is
expected to affect North Island places during Sunday as a new ridge spreads
onto the South Island.

NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, COROMANDEL PENINSULA and BAY of PLENTY/ROTORUA,
WAIKATO, WAITOMO, TAUMARANUI, TARANAKI, TAIHAPE and TAUPO: Cloudy areas at
times from eastern Northland to Coromandel Peninsula today and thru until
Friday elsewhere mostly fine. Expect overnight frosts south of Auckland and
fog areas also. Cloud increasing Saturday with patchy rain likely. Sunday
sees showers in most places with snow to the central plateau.

WANGANUI and MANAWATU: Fine and frosty up until Friday. Cloud increasing
Saturday with late patchy rain. Showery and colder Sunday.

GISBORNE, HAWKES BAY and WAIRARAPA: Cloudy periods about Gisborne today and
tomorrow, elsewhere fine and frosty. Fine everywhere Friday. Late showers
spreading into Wairarapa Saturday otherwise dry. Cold and showery Sunday.

WELLINGTON: Thru' until Friday mainly fine weather with overnight frosts in
sheltered places. Showers developing Saturday and turning colder. Further
showery conditions expected Sunday.

NELSON: Continuing fine and frosty until the end of the week then brief
showers developing Saturday. Skies clearing early Sunday and becoming frosty
again.

MARLBOROUGH and CANTERBURY: Fine and clear but later today brief coastal
showers spreading north. Fine and frosty tomorrow and much of Friday. Cold
southwesterlies and showers expected Saturday with snow about the ranges at
night. Showers becoming confined to coastal Marlborough Sunday with
conditions clearing elsewhere and frosty weather returning.

BULLER, WESTLAND and FIORDLAND: Fine apart from cloudy periods today and
tomorrow. On Friday cloud increasing from the south with rain spreading as
far north as the glaciers. Rain easing to showers Saturday then a clearance
working north. Sunday should be fine and clear in all but southern Fiordland
where showers are expected to return.

OTAGO and SOUTHLAND: Showers in most places for a time today then showers
retreating to the coast and clearing inland. Tomorrow coastal cloud in the
south, elsewhere fine and frosty. Cloud increasing later Friday with showers
spreading north. Cold showery southerlies Saturday with snow possible to low
levels at night. Showers retreating to the south coast Sunday with the flow
turning westerly.

CHATHAM ISLANDS: Continuing cold with showery periods at times with winds
between west and southwest. From Saturday night onwards showers more
frequent with sleet and strong southerlies.

END

(c) Copyright Weather Workshop Limited 1999

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