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Wet and Windy weather ahead

15 July 2004

Wet and Windy weather for the end of the School Holidays

Metservice meteorologists are closely watching the frontal rain band that has stalled over the northeast end of the North Island. A new low pressure system is forecast to form in the subtropics and combine with this rain band, accentuating it with a northeast wind flow. This could well bring wet windy weather southwards across the country this weekend.

"The large high pressure system which brought fine frosty conditions during much of the school holidays has now moved away," commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt. "After having so many sunny dry days, holiday makers in northeastern areas may find this wet and windy weather posing challenging driving conditions during their journey home. In the north, the wind and rain is at present forecast to ease by Sunday. Travellers will be able to check the www.metservice.co.nz web site for the latest warnings."

McDavitt added that unsettled weather is now likely on-and-off over much of the country for the weekend and the start of next week. "For Saturday night's opening Bledisloe Cup test in Wellington the forecast is still uncertain. At this stage it is for some rain with rather cool southerly winds."

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