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Winter is bringing lots of lows

01-Aug-2005

Winter is bringing lots of lows.

According to MetService, the main weather pattern so far this winter has been low pressure systems coming from the Tasman Sea.

"We've had five lows in June and six in July and there's another moving in today," said the MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt. "Although this is one of the standard weather patterns for winter, it is unusual for the pattern to last so long."

McDavitt added that a series of four lows in quick succession between 14 and 20 July was responsible for the most persistent and intense rainfall so far this winter. The MetService weather station at Whangaparaoa measured 38.4 millimetres of rain in one hour at 11pm on Saturday 16 July. The worst affected area from the rain that weekend was the Coromandel where several roads were closed by slips, and road access to Pauanui was cut for a few days.

"With today's low from the Tasman Sea there is a moderate risk of some thunder and hail reaching western parts of Waikato and Auckland on Monday evening. After a few days of settled weather during mid-week, the winter pattern is forecast to return by this weekend with another low forming in the Tasman Sea and bringing rain to the southwest of the country."

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