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– Gales, Heavy rain for Northland, Auckland, Coromandel
– MetService issues numerous Severe Weather Outlooks
Here we go again, another deep Tasman Sea low is forecast to bring more gales and torrential rain to northern parts of the country.
As predicted by the Radio Network’s Weather Watch Centre, a large high over the Tasman acted as a ‘lid’ stopping the growth of lows for the past week, but the high has moved away and a low should start to deepen on Saturday.
“This low has the potential to create more flooding rains and damaging winds to Northland, Coromandel Peninsula and even into Bay of Plenty” says Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan. 
Duncan says humid air sucked down from the tropics could create some very heavy bands of rain over the north.  “Residents in Northland need to be prepared for further flooding, possibly severe flooding”.
MetService forecasters are also treating this system very seriously issuing a number of Severe Weather Outlooks for the weekend.  They are warning that there is good confidence of heavy rain in Northland, Auckland, Coromandel and Bay of Plenty.  They’re also predicting snow could fall to low levels in the South Island over the weekend.
Philip Duncan says winds are likely to reach gale force in the far north.  “As we experienced a few weeks ago, the deep low near Northland will contend with a large High out to the east.  That means a squeeze of air pressure between the two systems resulting in gales especially in Northland and Auckland”. 
Residents in the firing line of the storm are advised to keep up to date with the latest weather developments via NewstalkZB News and the latest weather forecasts on the radio.
The Weather Watch Centre will monitor this system closely and will update via email when needed over the next 72 hours.
– MetService says the risks of more rain warnings being issued in Hawke’s Bay are low with this system.
– Warmer temperatures for NZ today (Friday) with highs in the east coast of the Island, from Whangarei to Christchuch, climbing as high as the late teens.



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