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Heavy rain is drenching many North Island regions this afternoon as a front stalls over the island.  Heavy rain has fallen in Taranaki, Hawkes Bay, Central Plateau, Gisborne, Rotorua and across thirsty Waikato farms.  Philip Duncan, head weather analyst at the Radio Network, says the front is starting to weaken and rain should ease in most areas tonight.  “The rain seems to be really concentrated over Waikato which is great news for them, coupled with the mild weather so far this season this will be a great boost for grass growth”.

Meanwhile gales are pounding the Wellington region.  Gusts of 125km/h are being recorded in Cook Strait with similar gusts on Mt Kaukau near Wellington.  TRN’s Weather Watch Centre is advising motorists driving over the Rimutaka Ranges to take extreme care this afternoon and tonight.  MetService is also advising the public to take extra care in this area.


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