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Compact Depression May Pack a Punch

Issued at 02:24pm 06-Mar-2006

Compact Depression May Pack a Punch

MetService meteorologists are closely watching a compact depression that is heading rapidly towards northern New Zealand. It is forecast to cross Northland on Tuesday afternoon and be near East Cape by the end of the day, although there is still some uncertainty about its exact track and timing.

"This system has been packing a mighty punch," commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt. "Over the weekend it battered Queensland's Gold coast. A slight change in its path can mean that some potentially damaging winds and a burst of heavy rain may affect parts of Northland, Auckland, the Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne or Waikato near the Kaimai Ranges."

McDavitt says that those involved in outdoor activities in the north on Tuesday will need to double-check the weather forecasts and be prepared for a brief burst of intense wind and rain if this system changes track.

ENDS

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