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Source: MetService

Covering period of Thursday 12 – Monday 16 October – Election Day is looking like a wet and windy affair for western and central Aotearoa New Zealand as MetService forecasts an active low from the Tasman Sea to move across the country. However, the northern and central parts of the North Island remain settled this weekend with mild temperatures and just the odd shower.

As New Zealanders head out to the polls, the best place to be on Saturday will be the North Island, especially during the first half of the day. Meanwhile, springtime weather in the South Island means things will be a bit more wet or windy or both, especially in western places.

MetService meteorologist Mmathapelo Makgabutlane explains: “The approaching front delivers heavy rain to the western South Island, but accompanying strong winds push some of that over the Southern Alps. Heavy Rain Watches and Warnings are in place from early morning Saturday to the afternoon in those areas.”

Those blustery northerly to northwesterly winds also make themselves felt across the whole South Island and lower North Island, and Strong Wind Watches have been issued where those winds could approach severe gale.

“Whether you’re to the left or to the right of the mountains, everywhere will be touched by some weather this weekend, so be sure to check the forecast before heading out. Thursday and Friday are looking like the best of the next three days, even more reason to get those votes in early ahead of Election Day,” Makgabutlane says.

By the end of Saturday the weather will settle. This will be a brief reprieve however, as a second wave of weather sweeps through on Sunday.

“It will feel like a bit of déjà vu from Saturday to Sunday, so good to keep those weather-proof coats at hand this weekend. With the possibility of extensions to Heavy Rain and Strong Wind Watches and Warnings, it’ll be a good idea to keep an eye on for the latest updates,” Makgabutlane advises.

MetService is keeping an eye on some unsettled weather possibly coming in from the Tasman Sea next week.

Understanding MetService Severe Weather Warning System

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings (Localised Red Warning) – take cover now:

This warning is a red warning for a localised area.
When extremely severe weather is occurring or will do within the hour.
Severe thunderstorms have the ability to have significant impacts for an area indicated in the warning.
In the event of a Severe Thunderstorm Red Warning: Act now!

Red Warnings are about taking immediate action:

When extremely severe weather is imminent or is occurring
Issued when an event is expected to be among the worst that we get – it will have significant impact and it is possible that a lot of people will be affected
In the event of a Red Warning: Act now!

Orange Warnings are about taking action:

When severe weather is imminent or is occurring
Typically issued 1 – 3 days in advance of potential severe weather
In the event of an Orange Warning: Take action.

Thunderstorm Watch means thunderstorms are possible, be alert and consider action

Show the area that thunderstorms are most likely to occur during the validity period.
Although thunderstorms are often localised, the whole area is on watch as it is difficult to know exactly where the severe thunderstorm will occur within the mapped area.
During a thunderstorm Watch: Stay alert and take action if necessary.

Watches are about being alert:

When severe weather is possible, but not sufficiently imminent or certain for a warning to be issued
Typically issued 1 – 3 days in advance of potential severe weather.
During a Watch: Stay alert

Outlooks are about looking ahead:

To provide advanced information on possible future Watches and/or Warnings
Issued routinely once or twice a day
Recommendation: Plan