Several rain warnings have today been issued by the government forecaster ahead of a low pressure system which will cross the North Island tonight.
Rain warnings have been issued for Waitomo, Taupo, Tongariro, Taihape, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa, Taranaki and Manawatu.
Up to 100mm is possible within 12 hours, with embedded thunderstorms making for sudden heavy downpours.
WeatherWatch.co.nz head weather analyst Philip Duncan says the low will move over Taranaki during Wednesday morning then over southern Hawkes Bay in the afternoon. “The low isn’t aggressive but will bring a pocket of rough weather to the middle section of the North Island”.
“We’re advising motorists driving across the North Island tonight that there will be wet and windy conditions south of Auckland and north of Wellington”.
Mr Duncan says by Thursday conditions will be improving. “An anticyclone will move on to upper New Zealand towards the end of the week and weekend however lows in the Southern Ocean will continue to be an issue for South Islanders bringing winds to the south and east of the island and potentially heavy rain to the west”.
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