Weekend Weather

DRIVING WEATHER MAY

WORSEN ON RETURN HOME

3 June 2010

MetService is confident of a settled start for driving weather this Queen’s
Birthday weekend. However, late Saturday and during Sunday, an area of low
pressure should spread onto the North Island and is likely to bring a burst
of heavy rain to Northland, parts of Auckland, Coromandel,Bay of Plenty and
northern Gisborne.

“Monday’s outlook is tricky and still very uncertain”, commented MetService
Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt. “At this stage it looks as though rain
may linger over some eastern parts of the country in a strong onshore flow.
Additionally, temperatures are likely to plummet over southern New Zealand.
So, particularly in eastern and southern areas on Monday, driving
conditions are likely to be some combination of cold, wet, and windy.”

“Because of Monday’s uncertain outlook, drivers should check the latest
MetService weather forecasts and warnings and plan accordingly”, said Mr
McDavitt.

McDavitt added that Queen’s Birthday holiday driving, even in settled
weather, may bring unfamiliar challenges. “We are now approaching the
longest nights of the year. Higher roads are likely to freeze overnight,
and inland basins are prone to fog, so night drivers need to take extra
care.”