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Big low churns in Tasman as southerly approaches

Rain and strong winds continue to affect a number of regions today caused by a large low churning out in the Tasman Sea.

Winds overnight gusted to almost 110km/h in Northland and across the Hauraki Gulf.

As of 12:30pm the heaviest rain remained over the Bay of Plenty and upper South Island, where rain warnings remain in place. Again eastern Bay of Plenty is in the firing line was as much as 180mm falling from this event.

Rain is expected become heavier across the Bay in the next hour or two. Thunderstorms predicted later may also cause isolated surface and flash flooding. advises stock should be well aware from flood prone areas.

But at about midnight tonight New Zealand’s first wintry snap of the year will move in to the South Island. Temperatures this hour are only 3 degrees in Queenstown with rain and snow in the area. says it’s possible snow may affect the airport over the next 24 hours.

The cold snap will be slow moving, taking a further 24 to 36 hours to reach Auckland. says wind chills from Invercargil to Wellington will be around or even below zero tomorrow. Auckland’s high is just 13 or 14 on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

It’s possible snow flurries may also affect the Desert road on Tuesday morning.


Image / Zelda Wynn


woody on 7/06/2010 12:52am

one local thunderclap and bright lightening flash in Eketahuna over night, power out one minute; barometer now rising from 29.81 milibars

Diana - Feilding, P.nth Central on 6/06/2010 3:51am

The odd fine patch of blue sky detaches itself from the grey outlines. Short lived.
Down comes the rain and heavy sometimes, Light winds. Its cooler. A few grumbles in the air as thunder seems to be running the outskirts. Road conditions are very slippery. Manawatu gorge has a few slips, motorists should take care, keep speeds down. Nothing major to report. the creeks/rivers are up however running freely.

jim on 6/06/2010 3:45am

I live in south wairarapa and i see you are saying snow quite low in chch and possibily in the city does this mean snow to 300-400m up here?

JohnGaul on 6/06/2010 1:12am

Very gloomy here with only the teensy-winsiest of a NE.but that should change when the southerly or SW blows through. Barometer dropping like a stone!


pete chch on 6/06/2010 12:54am

pressure dropping like a stone this morning..down to 994.3 at 1pm from over 1000 earler this grey an light rain here…slight there worse to come for canty?

Mike on 6/06/2010 1:23am

Is this southerly storm going to produce snow in christchurch city? looks pretty bad my temp guage slowly dropping down just gone down to 6 degrees .light rain dark grey clouds . cheers Mike

WW Forecast Team on 6/06/2010 2:00am

Good question – we think there’s a good chance of snow on the hills and sleet in the city… but aren’t yet confidence of snow in the city.  Are watching it very closely though and will update our Queens Birthday forecast before 5pm.


WeatherWatch weekend team

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