Last month more than a thousand skiers became stranded in a New Zealand ski field when gale-force winds caused the closure of the field and all access roads. The people were forced to stay the night in a cafeteria, after a fast-moving low pressure system hit the Mount Hutt resort, which has no accommodation.

The weather can play a significant part in the running of public venues and events. While most weather-related impacts are minor, others may put lives in danger. These are the risks that must be given serious consideration during event planning.

Mitigating the Effects of Bad Weather

The simplest way of mitigating the effects of poor weather is to be prepared for it: develop bad weather contingencies for rain, high winds and thunderstorms.

Not only bad weather causes problems: good weather can too. Overexposure to sunlight and heat can cause significant problems for spectators, staff and performers. This is a significant issue for music festivals, as we draw closer to the summer music festival season. Sufficient consideration should be given to providing shaded areas and water , while "extreme weather" guidelines should be established and exercised when such conditions occur.

Most importantly, monitor the weather forecast and real-time weather radar through the Bureau of Meteorology’s website, at