More heavy rain is on the way for northern New Zealand. A low is this evening deepening in the central Tasman Sea and will spread a large rain band over the far north tonight then slowly move south during Thursday to reach Auckland and Coromandel by late afternoon or evening.
The Radio Network’s head weather analyst Philip Duncan says the heavy rain is made worse due to a large high over the South Island. “The high over the South Island will block the movement of this rain band. That means the heavy rain will move very slowly over the region and that’s prompted warnings for potential flooding”.
MetService is also warning of heavy rain, issuing rain warnings for Northland and northern Auckland predicting up to 120mm for some areas from noon Thursday to noon Friday.
Weather.com is predicting heavy rain to set in tonight in the far north and not ease until overnight Thursday/Friday morning.
“Strong winds are also accompanying this system. Residents along Auckland’s east coast will have another windy 24 hours with easterlies gusting to gale force”.
Duncan says gales gusting to 100km/h have blasted Cape Reinga all day.
WEATHER NEWS HEADLINES:
– Hurricane Flossie (seen here) will brush the lower part of Hawaii tonight and tomorrow but the big island will miss a direct hit.
– Tropical Storm Dean has formed in the Atlantic. Dean is expected to grow into a Hurricane in the next few days and could be a direct hit for Puerto Rico. Plus residents in Texas are also bracing themselves for another storm which could bring floods in the next couple days.