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Dry morning for flood affected areas – where’s the rain?

As exclusively forecast there is a dry break for many of those affected by floods or torrential rain yesterday. Windy easterlies are also helping dry things out with gusty conditions for some overnight.

While others talk of heavy rain right now the rain radar actually matches the rain forecast maps we display at WeatherWatch, showing a big dry area over much of Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Coromandel Peninsula.

But it’s not going to stay dry all day for everyone. 

Rain is likely to return back to Coromandel Peninsula today and showers are already scattered across eastern Northland and Great Barrier Island.

Here are the general forecasts:

is likely to have a mostly dry morning with showers developing later. There may even be a sunny spell this morning. There is some chance the showers could set into rain again too, but today won’t be as wet as yesterday.

Waikato is mainly dry today, some risks of showers later but the big widespread rain bands should avoid much of Waikato for most of today. Sunny spells are also possible.

Coromandel Peninsula will see showers turn to patchy rain today – with a risk of heavy falls, hopefully not as intense as yesterday.

Western Bay of Plenty, like Auckland, also has a cloudy but dry morning. Showers form later and may turn to patchy rain for a time.  

Northland will see wet weather moving in from the east – perhaps more than yesterday. There is a chance of some heavy falls in the east.

Generally today is drier in the upper North Island with the bulk of the rain out at sea…but slowly drifting back towards land later.

Friday sees more downpours/shower and another band of rain with possibly heavy falls moving down the Upper North Island.

Other forecasters are being more general with rain forecasts – painting a forecast of nonstop rain today and for the next few days. This is not the case for most areas – the rain bands are fairly splintered and we do expect dry spells in the mix. However as we head through the weekend the centre of the low will move over the North Island and this means we’re not finished yet with the risks of more heavy rain, slips and flooding, especially Friday to Sunday.

Residents in the upper North Island should keep up to date with the tax funded MetService weather watches/warnings & severe outlooks.

The centre of the low – at this stage – looks to be weakening as it crosses the North Island overnight Sunday/Morning morning.

If you live in the South Island or lower North Island, apologies for the lack of attention – but that’s due to the fact you’re under a big high pressure system. Apart from cloudy conditions hugging the lower North Island, much of the South Island is sunny and calm today.



David on 8/03/2017 10:45pm

Congratulations, your Rain Map last week was on the button for Tues,Wed Thurs this week, take a bow.
Some may have got more than they want but I can happily plant lettuces into what was desert like conditions last week. Now watching a repeat on the NSW coast early next week so more of the same for us next weekend (the 18th)??? We off to daughters 21 ion Gisborne so watching with great interest.

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