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Labour Weekend Action Packed With Weather

Issued by MetService at 12:39pm 20-Oct-2006
Labour Weekend Action Packed With Weather

MetService meteorologists have issued severe weather warnings for wind on Saturday in Marlborough, Wellington, and Wairarapa and for heavy rain about the Southern Alps.

"Saturday's weather is likely to be similar to Thursday's", commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt. "The cold front crossing the country during this holiday weekend will provide plenty of action. We are forecasting heavy rain about and west of the divide, high temperatures in the east, strong winds for central areas, and a chilly southwest change busting its way across Canterbury on Saturday afternoon followed by some snow showers on the hills."

"That's just for Saturday. The front's tail is likely to have a sting in it. On Sunday the front is likely to stall over Taranaki and Hawke's Bay as a low-pressure system deepens over the north Tasman Sea. Rain should become widespread over the south of the North Island."

McDavitt added that on Labour Day this low will dominate the North Island weather. "At this early stage, it is possible that heavy rain could fall in a number of North Island areas making driving conditions hazardous for travellers returning home. Keep up to date with the latest forecast."

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