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


Wintry Weekend Weather

Thursday 8 August 2019

MetService is forecasting rain to be the story to end the week, with Heavy Rain Watches in force for Fiordland till 11pm Thursday, and Northland and Gisborne on Friday. Wet weather will spread to most places this weekend as a low pressure system approaches from the Tasman Sea and crosses the South Island on Saturday. This is also likely to bring snow to inland Canterbury and Otago and more Severe Weather Watches and/or Warnings could be added.

MetService Meteorologist Claire Nickson explains: “A low crossing the South Island this weekend will cause the winds to turn easterly over Canterbury and Otago. The onshore winds will bring rain to these areas, with snow levels lowering early on Saturday. There is a possibility of heavy snow above 400 metres for inland Canterbury and Otago, with smaller amounts possible at lower levels.”

The possibility of significant weather has been flagged on MetService Severe Weather Outlook for several days. MetService advises Road Snowfall Warnings were likely to be issued for higher roads and passes, and people should keep an eye out for any Heavy Snow Watches or Warnings that may be issued in due course:

Meanwhile, for the remainder of the country, most people can expect a wet weekend, with heavy falls possible about Buller, and also parts of the upper North Island. Contrary to the norm, Fiordland is looking like the driest spot this weekend once the current Heavy Rain Watch is lifted by the end of the day on Thursday.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


New Reports: Flood Risk From Rain And Sea Under Climate Change

One report looks at what would happen when rivers are flooded by heavy rain and storms, while the other examines flooding exposure in coastal and harbour areas and how that might change with sea-level rise. More>>


Super Fund/Canada Bid v NZTA: Tow Preferred Bidders For Auckland Light Rail

The two preferred delivery partners for Auckland light rail have been chosen and a final decision on who will build this transformational infrastructure will be made early next year, Minister of Transport Phil Twyford announced. More>>


9.3 Percent: Gender Pay Gap Unchanged Since 2017

“While it has remained flat since 2017, the gender pay gap has been trending down since the series began in 1998, when it was 16.2 percent,” labour market statistics manager Scott Ussher said. More>>


Ex-KPEX: Stuff Pulls Pin On Media Companies' Joint Ad-Buying Business

A four-way automated advertising collaboration between the country's largest media companies is being wound up after one of the four - Australian-owned Stuff - pulled the pin on its involvement as part of a strategic review of its operations ... More>>