As predicted by TRN’s Weather Watch Centre conditions are proving less than favourable for holiday makers in our most popular destinations. Strong winds, thickening cloud and now rain is falling across the Bay of Islands, Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty. Head weather analyst Philip Duncan says conditions aren’t about to improve any time soon. “The latest forecast prepared by the Weather Watch Centre says showers turning to rain for northern New Zealand. Strong winds will also blow in from the Pacific making for an unpleasant 24 hours along the eastern coastline”.
Weather Watch says there’s “the chance of a rumble of thunder” tomorrow morning in places north of about Hamilton and Tauranga. MetService forecasters are also keeping an eye on the storm, which developed in the past 24 hours. While no weather warnings have been issued a severe weather watch has, which means MetService is monitoring the storm closely and will issue rain warnings if needed.
“It’s a slow and disorganised storm” says Duncan. “Today’s forecast by MetService has been quite inaccurate for Auckland but that doesn’t mean all the right ingredients aren’t there to create hazardous conditions. These storms can be hard to predict so the public need to keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts and weather warnings”.
But it’s a storm in the South which is really catching Duncan’s eye. “It’s in the Southern Ocean and is quite large. It has the potential to link up with a northern depression next week and could bring heavy rain to both islands”. MetService has issued a Severe Weather Outlook for next weeks potential storm, warning there’s a “moderate chance” of rain along the South Island’s West Coast and areas north of Central Plateau. They say there’s also a risk of heavy rain on Wednesday and Thursday right along the South Island’s east coast.
TRN’s Weather Watch Centre will monitor this low closely over the next several days.