Autumn looks set to kick it up a notch during the weekend and into next week as two depressions make an assult on New Zealand. The first, another deepening low from the sub-tropics, is expected to move on to northern regions by Saturday or Sunday bringing with it more heavy rain. “We’re still a number of days out but we’ve been monitoring this predicted low since Monday and at this stage it’s looking set to bring some heavy rain to regions affected by last weeks deadly storm” says head weather analyst Philip Duncan.
Duncan says MetService has also issued a severe weather watch for northern New Zealand, warning there’s a “moderate risk” of heavy rain.
And by early next week a deep low in the South Ocean could see some big winds over the South Island and Wellington. “The nor’wester looks set to build with the potential for severe gales in the east and south”.
Strong winds have been recorded in Southland, Coastal Otago and Auckland over the past 24 hours with gusts in Auckland, Dunedin and Invercargill reaching 80km/h.
The Chatham Islands are being lashed by gales this morning. Westerly winds of 100km/h are blasting the main Island.
Meanwhile it’s another nippy start to the day for a number of towns this morning. Hastings is currently on 5 degrees, with just 2 degrees in Christchurch and Timaru and our local Ashburton weather watch reporter, Phill Hooper, says it’s a “chilly 3 degrees” in his town.