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Impassable: This Eastern Waikato farm between Paeroa & Te Aroha is deep underwater following around 250mm of rain in less than a week.  The average July rainfall in this area is about 140mm.  Photo:

Rain, sometimes heavy, is forecast to fall again across much of the North Island tonight and over the next 48 hours as the deep low over the country stalls. 

The Weather Watch Centre’s animated satellite map shows the cloud clearly spiralling around the low currently over northern South Island, bringing near continuous rain to Canterbury and creating more rain clouds in the north.

Heavy rain has been falling along the Tararua ranges this afternoon and further rain could swell rivers even more.

“Heavy rain is again developing tonight over Northland, Auckland and Waikato and other areas west of the main northern divide” says the Centre.  “The rain is likely to hang around for about 12 hours in a number of areas with heavy falls returning again on Saturday”.

Another low will move into the Tasman during Friday and merge with the big low pressure system currently over New Zealand bringing with it another front for Saturday and strong to gale nor’west winds.

White caps on brown flood waters due to gale force nor’westers over this flooded Waikato farm today.  Photo:

The government’s forecaster MetService has issued further rain warnings across the North Island.  They can be found in the Weather section at

Latest rain radar images for northern New Zealand show rain developing along the west coast from Northland to Waikato with it expected to set in tonight.

So when will the winds and rains ease?  At this stage the Weather Watch Centre is predicting conditions to improve around Tuesday or Wednesday next week.


Al on 31/07/2008 6:43am

Can I ask, what is likely to happen if this new low front in the Tasman joins with the current weather, will that cause a new storm ? and what areas are likely to be affected ?

WW Forecast Team on 31/07/2008 6:50am

Yeah it’s going to get stormy again but because it will be moving more west to east (rather than north to south) that should decrease damage and flooding.  Also, it’s going to drive in strong winds from the prevailing direction (again that limits damage).  I think the North Island will take the brunt of it, with heavy rain in the west and strong winds, possible gale, for areas east of mountains and ranges (ie Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa etc).  Will have a better idea tomorrow.


The Weather Watch Team

Guest on 31/07/2008 4:06am

who else is so OVER this s*** weather? NZ is such a bore when its like this

Guest on 31/07/2008 9:33am

I’m sooooo sooooo soooooooooo over it.
And i’m sure all this rain will rot my garlic.
I wonder if there’s an anti-rain dance?

WW Forecast Team on 31/07/2008 10:06am

You should ask the wizard of Christchurch…..if he hasn’t floated away already!



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