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Incoming Low "Nasty" says MetService

Large parts of the northern third of New Zealand have been targeted by MetService with severe weather warnings or put under a severe weather watch for wind-driven rain during Thursday."This incoming low looks gentle on today's weather map", commented MetService Weather ambassador, Bob McDavitt, "but our guidance suggests that it "bombs" to below 1000 on Thursday. The result is a period of wind-driven rain starting in Northland in the morning and reaching Wellington by Friday morning. There may well be wind gusts over 100 km/hr near this low centre and it is expected to cross from Taranaki to Wairarapa late on Thursday."

Mr. McDavitt said that although this system is expected to bring some wind and rain to the snow-affected areas of Canterbury on Friday, this is warm rain and should help raise day time highs to over 10 degrees. "This time it is the North Island's turn to suffer weather disruptions", said Mr. McDavitt, "with those places open to easterly winds the most likely candidates. Northland might get off with just a gale, but some places between Auckland and Taranaki may get wind gusts

over 100 km/hr as the low approaches".

North Island travellers should check the latest MetService warnings and road conditions and be prepared for some disruption.

For further information please contact:

Bob McDavitt Weather Ambassador (09)377 4831

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