MetService News Release
06 August 2018
Following a wet weekend, MetService is forecasting a mild week of weather for much of Aotearoa.
The Gisborne and Bay of Plenty regions experienced persistent rain over the weekend, much of it heavy, with several
stations in the Raukumara Range recording in excess of 200mm between Friday night and Monday morning. The Heavy Rain
Warning has since been lifted as the wet weather eases, however a Heavy Rain Watch remains for the Bay of Plenty and
Gisborne regions as the front producing the rain continues to linger.
This week is set to be the usual mixed weather we experience during the winter months.
“Brief high pressure on Monday precedes a couple of frontal systems mid-week, before ending on a high,” says MetService
Meteorologist Tui McInnes. “This is typical of winter weather patterns, with more dominant westerly winds, we expect to
see fine conditions for eastern areas, and cloudier, wetter weather in the west, alongside snow about higher ground,”
A band of rain is expected affect western areas of the country midweek, with the heaviest falls on Wednesday. This front
does gradually weaken as it moves over the North Island, but areas like Buller, Nelson and Taranaki can expect a wet and
As the end of the week nears many Kiwis will benefit from an improvement in the weather as high-pressure builds behind
the mid-week fronts.
“Bay of Plenty and Gisborne will particularly enjoy this relief as fine conditions establish and allow a period of
drying,” says McInnes. “The rest of the country is also set to experience lighter winds and calmer weather, a great way
to end the week!”