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Warm Rain For The North Island On Sunday

Issued at 01:02pm 22-Aug-2008

Warm Rain For The North Island On Sunday

MetService meteorologists expect a low pressure system to track across the North Island on Sunday and Monday, and to bring a burst of heavy rain to northern and central parts of New Zealand.

"Northeast winds will ensure this rain will be relatively warm, not like the snowy southwesterlies of last weekend," commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt. "The heaviest rain is likely to fall on Sunday about Taranaki, eastern Bay of Plenty, Nelson, and the Richmond Ranges."

Mr. McDavitt added that the warm rain may melt recent snow lying over the central North Island. "People visiting these areas are reminded that the combination of rain and snow-melt may lead to higher stream and river levels."

On Monday and Tuesday, as the low moves slowly away, a colder southeasterly flow should bring a wet windy spell to Canterbury, eastern Marlborough, Wellington and southern Wairarapa, with some prospects of heavy rain and some snow to the mountains.

Anyone planning outdoor activities or looking after livestock in these regions should keep in touch of the latest MetService weather forecasts and warnings.


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