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It will be music to their ears; the sound of the first heavy rain band of the year falling across Waikato farms this morning.  The latest rain radar showers a solid band of rain drifting in from Auckland and Northland and will cover all of Waikato by noon.  “The rain will be widespread this morning and although it could become a little patchy later today it is expected to regenerate this evening or evernight with heavy falls, some with thunder” says head weather analyst Philip Duncan.

Duncan says Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Coromandel and Bay of Plenty are most exposed to to this sub-tropical system.  “This week more rain and showers are in the forecast than dry weather which is great news for northern drought regions.  As an added bonus the next four or five days will be relatively mild which will help with the much needed grass growth”. 
TRN’s Weather Watch Centre is predicting around 30 to 50mm of rain across Auckland and Waikato over the next 36 hours.
MetService has issues a rain warning for Northland and might well issue rain warnings for Coromandel and Bay of Plenty.
Duncan says earlier gale warnings have been eased this morning, with predictions of only gusts reaching gale force in Auckland and exposed parts of Northland and most winds easing further after lunch.   Yesterday winds of 120km/h hammered the Far North while 90km/h blasted inside Auckland Harbour.



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