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Pounding Surf Forecast For Wellington and Eastern Coasts

MetService marine forecasters have issued warnings of heavy on-shore swells along the East Coast from Canterbury to Gisborne, and for the Wellington South Coast. Waves over 6 metres are expected to wash onto these regions by high tide this evening, and peak waves up to around 10 metres may coincide with high tide late Tuesday morning. Wind and waves should start easing on Tuesday afternoon."The Low that is deepening between Canterbury and Chatham Islands is producing
a southerly gale through Cook Strait and a combination of both southwest and
southeast swells," commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt.
"This pattern is known to produce a pounding surf for a large stretch of the
East Coast. Already this morning a wave over 8 metres was measured by a
wave-rider buoy near Baring Head".

A similar weather pattern occurred on Waitangi Day last year and a write-up of
that event is available from the MetService on the Internet at the
http://www.metservice.co.nz/severe_weather/summer0102_3.asp webpage. Compare
the weather maps then with the ones expected on Tuesday (available from the
http://www.metservice.co.nz/maps/index.asp website).

For further information please contact:
Bob McDavitt Weather Ambassador (09)377 4831

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