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Heavy rain shifts north, more lows on the way

Heavy rain is today shifting north as it spirals around a giant low pressure system engulfing the entire nation but before this low has even departed the country is predicting at least two more sub-tropical lows within the week.

This morning the main rain band in the South Island has shifted a little further north across Canterbury, now feeding into Christchurch and giving Otago anf south Canterbury a breather, for now.

Meanwhile in the North Island heavy showers are affecting the entire western coastline from Manawatu to Northland.  They are expected to ease as the day progresses.

The giant low over New Zealand will gradually move away in the next 12 to 24 hours, but, all is not over. is today predicting the series of sub-tropical lows will continue for several days to come with a new low pressure system developing today and hitting northern New Zealand late Thursday and spreading elsewhere until Saturday.

Behind that another large low pressure system is likely to move in from the Tasman Sea around Tuesday next week, again bringing heavy rain to much of the country. has serious concerns about future flooding across New Zealand with the approaching lows.

We’ll continue to have extensive coverage on these systems over the coming week.

What are conditions like where you are?  Post a comment below.


Guest on 26/05/2010 12:31am

20mm from yesterday, 160 mm since last Friday. the weather here is on/off showers with strong gusts of wind.

How much rain do you guys expect to fall around west auckland/kaukapakapa area over the next few days?

WW Forecast Team on 26/05/2010 12:49am

Unsure at this stage… but as a guess I would say another 30 to 60mm between now and midnight Saturday.

– Philip Duncan

Guest on 26/05/2010 12:56am

sounds good!

Guest on 25/05/2010 11:35pm

My children got 28mm rain from yesterday afternoon to this morning. They want to know what other people got.

Belmont, Auck

Derek on 25/05/2010 9:51pm

Heavy showers, some wind, some warm sun but nothing like the rest of the country is getting as far as our part of the city goes. Very fortunate I think.
With all these lows following each other we are certainly getting boggy again.

Amazing how quickly the situation can change from cracked dry earth to puddles sitting everywhere in just a few days.

Diana on 25/05/2010 9:48pm

Feilding North Island – wet, overcast, cooler and great.. maybe the cracks will disappear in the lawn and paddocks.. our water tank will be full.. Gentle breeze. Good to see we are getting some much needed rain.

David New Brighton on 25/05/2010 9:13pm

Conditions at 9am:

Ovcst with Int light rain and drizzle,light to mod SW,12 deg C; baro slow rise; rainfall up to 9am – 26.5mm [ total since Sunday 40.8mm, and for the month 49.1mm.] ; – ]

David New Brighton on 25/05/2010 11:20pm

Conditions 11am:

Ovcst / cont light DZ/RA, Fresh to strong SW, T 11.5 deg C; Rainfall since 9am – 2.0mm; Wind Freshened around 10.30am, [Need to get a reliable barometer!] : – [

Jo on 25/05/2010 9:06pm

Halswell, ChCh – wind has become much stronger and rain heavier since about 0845 – some surface flooding around

peter on 25/05/2010 8:42pm

looks like its clearing here lots of fresh snow on the mountains looks great. hopefully we get some snow this eve

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