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         Here we go again…another big Tasman Storm moving our way.
         Torrential rain for exposed north-facing regions
         Gales for some
         More heavy snow for ski-fields.
Here we go again.  The third intense storm in two weeks has formed along the eastern Australian coast and you guessed it, it’s moving our way.  Winds of up to 115km/h have been clocked in Australia – near Hurricane force.  The Radio Network’s Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan says it’s rain rather than wind that New Zealanders should be expecting.
“All regions facing north, such as Nelson, Taranaki, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Auckland and Northland should all be prepared for some decent rain falls from late Friday and into Saturday”. 
“This system has the potential to bring some significant rainfalls, potentially heavy enough to cause flooding”.
Mr Duncan says this time the low will be sucking humid air from the tropics, as far a field as Fiji.  “The air is full of moisture and will be sucked down by the big low in the Tasman Sea.  Combine that with a blocking High out to the east of New Zealand and it means a high risk for heavy rains”.
He says north east gales could also briefly affect exposed areas especially north of Auckland in coastal areas such as the Hauraki Gulf.
The low is expected to pass over the country during the weekend bringing a cold showery south westerly flow to the far south.  “That’s more good news early next week for ski fields especially in the South Island”.
The Weather Watch Centre will closely monitor this storm and will update you should any Warnings be issued.
– Severe frosts hit the South.  -3 in Christchurch, Oamaru & Invercargill, -4 in Gore, -5 in Timaru and Wanaka, -6 in Dunedin & Queenstown.
– Much warmer conditions this weekend.  Auckland could see up to a 14 degree INCREASE in it’s overnight low on Saturday night, compared to Tuesday night.



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