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More wind and rain for some this week

It’s probably not what you’re wanting to hear, especially after a mostly sunny, warm, start to Daylight Savings, but more rough weather south of New Zealand looks set to bring unsettled conditions to several regions.

Heavy rain is likely to affect West Coasters and again Taranaki may see more rain falling on what is already saturated ground. also says heavy rain may also affect Wanganui and Manawatu which has recently been affected by flooding.

The MetService says a frontal band on Tuesday should bring heavy rain to Fiordland and Westland south of the Glaciers. “This frontal band is expected to pause over the central South Island on Wednesday, before resuming its northward progress”.

“There is a moderate risk of warning amounts of rain in Fiordland on Tuesday, and a high risk in the Westland ranges south of Otira from Tuesday to Thursday.  During this time there is a moderate risk that spillover into the Canterbury headwaters will reach warning criteria, and a low risk for the Otago headwaters” says the crown forecaster.

The front is likely to be slow moving up the country later into the week and the crown forecaster says there is a moderate risk that rainfall amounts will reach warning criteria for the Westland ranges north of Otira, the ranges of Buller and Nelson,the Richmond Ranges, the Tararuas, and Mount Taranaki.

There is also a low risk for the Ruahines, the ranges of eastern Taranaki, the Whanganui headwaters, and the ranges of Waitomo, Taumarunui, and southern Waikato.

On top of the rain strong winds are again likely to affect a number of central regions – which says is normal spring weather.

Gales are likely around the middle of the week around the Marlborough Sounds, Wellington, and southern Wairarapa. says many people should get used to the weather becoming sunny and warm one day and windy and wet the next – especially in the west of the country which is more exposed to these stormy spring conditions.

Image courtesy NZ Govt


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