Monday, September 1, 2008

At least we're not on the West Coast!

Can you imagine getting half a metre of rain dumped on you in just three days? Well, that's what the MetService is saying that the Westland ranges and Southern Alps can expect this week. 500mm!

The wild weather is the result of a record-breaking, 1040HP high-pressure system, which the MetService's Bob McDavitt said is a first for New Zealand. "It's breaking all records, we've never seen a high this big over the country before. We haven't got any explanation as to why this high-pressure is so high."

Strong winds are also expected to batter the South Island, with gusts up to 140kmh predicted for inland and exposed parts of Southland, Otago, and Canterbury this afternoon, easing later tonight.

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