Heavy rain has set in to Northland but so far has missed Auckland. A band of widespread rain has set in to north east Northland from about Coopers Beach to south of Whangarei.
The Radio Network’s head weather analyst Philip Duncan says there are two fronts moving in. “A warm front is moving down the north today, which will bring showers to Auckland then rain developing later this afternoon. A band of heavier rain, associated with a cold front will make its way down to reach Auckland around midnight tonight. By dawn we’ll probably have a lot of low cloud and drizzly showers over northern New Zealand”.
He warns there is a “high risk” of surface flooding and slips across eastern Northland this afternoon and drivers should take extreme care. Heavy rain is also expected in the ranges of Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne.
Weather.com has been conservative in their forecasts for the past 24 hours and is still predicting only moderate rain falls in the North today. MetService has this morning downgraded their warnings, acknowledging the front is moving faster than they expected.
Duncan says much lighter westerlies will also be on the cards for tomorrow. “By noon Friday most of New Zealand will have light winds which is in stark contrast to today’s conditions. Winds are gusting to gale force about Auckland with city ferry travellers being knocked around by gusts up to 100km/h”.
He says winds won’t ease until tonight.
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