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Wet Change On The Longest Night

Issued at 12:08pm 20-Jun-2008

Wet Change On The Longest Night

MetService forecasters expect the beginning of the next weather trough to reach New Zealand overnight Saturday, which just happens to be the longest night of the year.

"It's now time to say bye-bye to the large high which has been giving light winds to us this week and keeping the rain away for several days," commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt. "The incoming front is likely to bring some heavy rain to Northland on Saturday night, and other northern and western areas on Sunday.

"Anyone planning to spend Sunday and Monday outdoors should prepare for a blast of winter. The southwesterly winds that follow this front are likely to be significantly gusty and squally about western and southern coasts and cold enough to bring some welcome snow to most of the ski fields early next week."

Mr. McDavitt pointed out that even though Saturday brings the shortest day of the year, it will not be the coldest. "Once the days get longer, the cold gets stronger. The coldest part of winter usually follows about four to six weeks after the shortest day."


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