The third significant Tasman Sea low in weeks is today bearing down on northern New Zealand. TRN’s head weather analyst Philip Duncan says everywhere north of Central Plateau will get a good soaking today and into tomorrow. “Rain is already falling as far south as Hamilton and Tauranga and heavier bands of rain are expected to move down from Northland this afternoon becoming torrential at times this evening and overnight with embedded thunderstorms”.
Duncan says this is more proof to back his claims that the North is in for a wet winter. “La Nina typically brings more tropical lows to northern and north eastern parts of the North Island. This is the third weather event like this in just weeks. We no longer have those big summer highs blocking these lows from reaching us”.
MetService has this morning issued heavy rainfall warnings for the Coromandel Peninsula, Kaimai Ranges and Bay of Plenty from Opotiki eastwards.
Latest weather maps provided by weather.com show rain “setting in” this afternoon and lumpy clouds indicate isolated thunderstorms moving in overnight, as warm tropical air mixes with colder air over New Zealand. The Weather Watch Centre’s lightning detector has already picked up 44 strikes this hour, mostly out to sea but several over Northland too.
Meanwhile it’s a chilly start in the South Island. “It’s still only 6 degrees in Christchurch and 4 in Dunedin – but colder still in Central Otago and Southland where the temperature is still hovering at freezing”. It’s currently zero degrees in Invercargill and Gore, warming up to 2 degrees in Queenstown.