A storm is brewing but it won't be bringing much-needed snow
to the skifields, forecasters say.
MetService has issued rain and wind warnings for many parts
of the South Island and the Lower North Island.
The frontal system across New Zealand over the next 24 to 36
hours would bring heavy rain and strong winds to many parts
of the South Island.
However, the worst of the storm would miss Otago, except for
around the headwaters to the west.
MetService forecaster David Miller said from midnight last
night until 9am today, about 150mm of rain was expected near
the main divide in Otago.
The worst of the weather was expected elsewhere and
MetService meteorologist Rob Kerr said a rain warning was in
place for ''most of the West Coast of the South Island - from
northern Fiordland and right up to the ranges of Buller and
western Nelson, and parts of Taranaki''.
Wind warnings were also in place for inland Canterbury, from
the foothills of the main divide, Wellington and the
The storm would bring with it warm air, meaning skiers and
snowboarders will have to wait a bit longer to hit the
Freezing levels would be about 2500m over the South Island,
Mr Kerr said.
WeatherWatch.co.nz head analyst Philip Duncan said the
weather pattern had meant a very mild June in many parts of
the country, especially the North Island.
''However, as we head into July expect a southerly change
which will lower temperatures nationwide.''
Winter was about to make a reappearance and bring
temperatures back to normal, he said.
Some snow was likely for skifields in both islands, although
no major wintry blast was in the two-week forecast at this
- Additional reporting APNZ