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Big rain clouds set in: Northern NZ

Heavy rain has set in across the upper North Island causing traffic mayhem in Auckland earlier this morning.

Commuters were stuck in much heavier than usual traffic with numerous motorists complaining to that their trips took twice as long.

Heavy rain has “set in for the day” in Auckland and other northern centres according to head weather analyst Philip Duncan.  “The band of rain will continue to feed in to Auckland and Waikato and other northern and western North Island regions for the rest of today”.

He says the heavy rain may well cause surface flooding on roads and highways.

MetService currently has 7 rain warnings for Waikato, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, Taupo, Tongariro, Taihape and Taranaki.  A warning for Taumarunui has been lifted.

Up to 120mm of rain is expected with heaviest falls this afternoon and evening.

Mr Duncan says visibility is extremely low in Auckland.  “We often see Sky Tower disappearing in to the clouds but it’s not so often that the cloud covers Ponsonby and the North Shore too….clouds are barely above sea level this morning in Auckland”.  A quote from earlier this morning.  This afternoon clouds have lifted revealing most suburbs.

Humid, wet, conditions will remain in Auckland and northern New Zealand for the next few days however tomorrow is expected to be drier.

The rain is all part of a system dubbed the “7 day low” by


Guest on 15/10/2009 3:03am

whats chance of thunderstorms in wairarapa?

CH Davis on 15/10/2009 2:45am

to mention that skies cleared for alittle about an hour ago and it was just great to see abit of blue out over the horizon peek through the clouds from the north east 🙂

No thunderstorms to report…

CH Davis on 15/10/2009 2:39am

It’s currently 18.2 degree’s out at the moment — warm and humid — summertime is just around the corner.

Well thank goodness the rain has moved on… its a great day, one things for certain the tanks topped up and its overflowing.

David on 15/10/2009 12:22am

My wife heard on Newstalk ZB on 12 pm news the there has been a severe weather warning for North Auck. thunder storms, with possible tornadoes is this correct ?

WW Forecast Team on 15/10/2009 6:29am

The MetService have mentioned the possibility of tornadoes with the heavy rainband moving in.




Adrian on 15/10/2009 12:07am

Just checking on Sunday 18th October Muriwai Golf Course likely weather conditions.

Sarah B on 14/10/2009 11:59pm

At last some rain for our tanks!! :o))

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