A sub-tropical low currently developing north of New Zealand is expected to bring heavy rain to Gisborne and East Cape with the potential for heavy downpours in Northland.
MetService has this morning issued a heavy rain warning for Gisborne. “Rain is expected to spread south this evening and become heavy tonight. In the 9 to 12 hours from about 9pm Friday expect 80 to 120mm of rain peaking at 20 to 30mm per hour at times between about midnight Friday and dawn on Saturday” says the forecaster.
“At this stage the largest amount is likely to be in the Gisborne region from about Tokomaru Bay northwards”.
WeatherWatch.co.nz is also monitoring rain clouds around Northland. While no warnings are likely to be issued for the region rain is expected off and on today especially in northern and eastern areas – the same regions flooded at the weekend. Rain may be heavy at times with surface and minor flooding quite possible.
on 17/07/2009 8:27pm
Its pouring and very gusty here in Maraetai, Eastern Auckland. I am surprised the Metservice warning is for Gisborne-this is worse than last weekend! Maybe as we are on the coast it is worse, but this morning westerlies are howling and swirling across us.
A very good day to stay indoors!
on 17/07/2009 4:39am
here too near Bay of Islands. Been pretty steady for the last few hours, it’s that really wet drizzly kind!
Everything is soaking and even though there have been a few nice days it’s just not getting time to dry before the next lot. Not a patch on last winter though, mind you still got a bit to go!
on 17/07/2009 2:31am
Oh no not again, seven days and into more rain from the north, ground was just dry enough after last week to be able to cut grass but all gone now. Steady rain seems to be settling in here in Whangarei so looks like another ditto weekend coming up.
No wonder a NZ Herald article talks about NZ shutting down in winter, can see the reason with everyone staying indoors.