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Heavy showers for Nelson & NI’s west, southerly for SI

UPDATED 8:03am — While the sub-tropical deluge has eased for most areas today more heavy showers are approaching Nelson reports

The latest satellite maps clearly show heavy showers moving in north of Nelson (west of Taranaki) and they are taking aim at the Nelson and Marlborough regions later this morning.

“We’re not out of the woods just yet” says head weather analyst Philip Duncan.  “These showers are heavy and big enough in size to again bring the threat of more flooding and landslides because the ground simply cannot take anymore water”.

Mr Duncan says any further potential problems should be far more isolated than yesterday but says there may still be issues even if it remains sunny.

“With such an incredible amount of rain falling over the area in the past few days we should still be expecting landslides and rockfalls even if it’s sunny.  The ground make take a few days to stop moving”.

The heavy showers are enough to prompt another risk of surface and flash flooding, although the weather news authority says the risk is lower than yesterday.

It’s not all doom and gloom – sunnier and drier weather is on the way for the weekend and most, if not all, of next week.

Meanwhile rain is being welcomed further south.  A southerly change is bringing some rain and showers into Canterbury.  A few showers are also affecting inland parts of Otago but nothing substantial.  The areas, along with Southland, are actually in need of heavy rain with the regions drying out significantly over recent weeks.  Yesterday Alexandra again took the national high with 30 degrees.

Showers are predicted for many other parts of the country today but also long sunny breaks will return to many.

Most places should have several fairly dry hours between the heavy rain of yesterday/overnight and the incoming showers, which are based around the centre of the low.

View our rain prediction maps here



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