Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search


Brighter for the weekend

MetService News Release
Thursday, 14 Aug 2014

Brighter for the weekend

The cold southwest flow dominates the situation heading into the weekend,with a windy and unsettled few days expected across many parts of New Zealand. However, a high waits in the wings out in the Tasman Sea, and arrives over the weekend ensuring some fine, dry and more settled weather for Saturday andSunday.

With west to southwest gales affecting many regions today, MetService has issued Strong Wind Warnings for parts of Southland, Otago, Nelson and Banks Peninsula. In the North Island Wind Warnings are in place for Central Hawkes Bay, the Coromandel Peninsula and western areas of the Bay of Plenty. A Severe Weather Watch for strong winds is also in force for many other areas of Aotearoa.

More wintry weather is also likely for parts of the South Island, with those strong southwesterlies bringing snow to low levels about southern Fiordland, Southland, Clutha, the Otago hills and ranges south of Alexandra and also about Bank Peninsula. A Watch is now in place for the possibility of heavy snow above 300 metres for these regions. A fresh covering of snow is also expected for the North Island Central Plateau, affecting the Desert Road. The combination of strong southerly winds and cold temperatures is likely to lead to a significant wind chill effect for many.

The winds are also set to bring large waves to both the east and west coast,with seas expected to be around 7 metres. Both wind and seas will ease during the weekend.

The good news is that the weather is on track to improve this weekend. "Once we are through this windy and wintry spell, there is the reward of a better weekend to come," an optimistic MetService meteorologist John Law said. "The winds are set to ease across New Zealand during Friday and heading into the weekend and showers become more confined to the eastern coasts forSaturday before clearing Sunday".

Clear skies overnight and lighter winds will be the perfect conditions for a frosty start to Sunday for many parts of the country, especially inland parts of the North and South Islands.

Keep up to date with the latest forecasts and any watches/warnings or on mobile devices at You can also follow our updates on MetService TV, @metservice on Twitter and at

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Land & Water Forum: Fourth Report On Water Management

The Land and Water Forum (LWF) today published its fourth report, outlining 60 new consensus recommendations for how New Zealand should improve its management of fresh water and calling on the Government to urgently adopt all of its recommendations from earlier reports. More>>



Welcome Home: Record High Migration Stokes 41-Year High Population Growth

New Zealand annual net migration hit a new high in October as more people arrived from than departed for Australia for the first time in more than 20 years. More>>


Citizens' Advice Bureau: Report Shows Desperate Housing Situation Throughout NZ

CAB's in-depth analysis of over 2000 client enquiries about emergency accommodation shows vulnerable families, pregnant women and children living in cars and garages, even after seeking assistance from the Ministry of Social Development and Housing New Zealand. More>>


Speaking For The Bees: Greens Call For Neonicotinoid Pesticide Ban

The National Government should ban the use of controversial pesticides called neonicotinoids after evidence has revealed that even at low doses they cause harm to bee populations, the Green Party said today. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news