Rain check on spring as fronts de­liver low blow

Re­lief only tem­po­rary as more tur­bu­lent weather cranks up, fore­cast­ers warn

The New Zealand Herald - - News - Luke Kirk­ness

Brace your­selves again, New Zealand, spring has packed its bags and is tak­ing a leave of absence. Tur­bu­lent weather is ex­pected to bat­ter parts of the coun­try this week as two con­fronta­tional weather sys­tems bus­tle their way through.

The MetSer­vice warns the first sys­tem will slide low over the South Is­land be­fore track­ing south­east, with as­so­ci­ated fronts from to­day.

It will move south­east bring­ing cold air through­out lower parts of the South Is­land. A heavy snow watch is in place for the south­ern half of the is­land.

Strong north­west­erly winds will then af­fect the lower half of the is­land with heavy rain fore­cast for parts of Fiord­land and West­land.

The MetSer­vice is­sued a heavy snow warn­ing for Cen­tral Otago, South­ern Lakes, South­land and Fiord­land.

A front over cen­tral New Zealand was ex­pected to weaken to­mor­row as it moved slowly north­east over the North Is­land.

A sub­trop­i­cal low was mov­ing south­east to­wards the north­east of the North Is­land.

A sec­ond, fran­tic sub­trop­i­cal low was ex­pected to move south­wards east of the North Is­land to­mor­row and Wed­nes­day.

The MetSer­vice said there was un­cer­tainty in track­ing the sys­tem but there was a slight risk that rain­fall could be high. North­land, Auck­land, Coro­man­del Penin­sula, Bay of Plenty and north­ern parts of Gis­borne could all get rain mid­week.

The bois­ter­ous weather out­look comes af­ter a ridge of high-pres­sure weather wrapped its arms around the coun­try.

MetSer­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist Andy Best said it had been wel­come af­ter a harsh start to spring had been ex­pe­ri­enced.

“The up­per half of the North Is­land had to con­tend with un­set­tled weather dur­ing Mon­day and Tues­day as a com­plex trough moved over the area,” Best said.

“Wed­nes­day saw the ar­rival of a wel­come ridge of high pres­sure which spread from the Tas­man Sea across the whole of the coun­try and brought fine con­di­tions with lots of spring sun­shine.”

Photo / Ja­son Ox­en­ham

Jazz, an 11-year-old toy poo­dle, and owner Grace Campbell stretch their legs dur­ing a Sun­day stroll at Onepoto Do­main.

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