Wet windy weekend for the Bay

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A wet and windy weekend is in store this weekend for the Bay of Plenty.

MetService meteorologist Tui McInnes says while the region may be enjoying sunshine now, it is set to decline coming into the weekend.

“It’s a stunning day in the Bay of Plenty today and luckily that’s set to continue tomorrow. However the weekend is not looking too good.

 “There is a front moving up through the country, and because of this, cloud will increase with wet weather also starting to arrive.

“This however is not the dominant weather. We also have a warm feature coming down from the north bringing persistent rain and northeasterly wind.

“Unfortunately the Bay of Plenty is the most exposed to this direction of wind so it’s going to tend to be quite persistent over the weekend.”

Tui says the worst of the front will hit on Sunday.

“This will be when the heaviest of the wind and rain will hit and then on Monday we’ll see it ease and move away.”

It’s still too early to predict how much rain the front will bring, says Tui.

“It really depends on the way the front moves. We have a good degree of certainty on the front moving down, however there’s some differences about the speed and the way it moves.

“We will be starting to forecast accumulation rates from tomorrow onwards.”

Residents in the Bay of Plenty should keep up to date with the latest weather watches and warnings on the MetService website.


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