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RainWatch – More rain in the west, mainly dry out east

Rain or showers for much of the western North Island today including Bay Of Plenty, expect heavy falls about northern Taranaki and the Central North Island then easing later in the afternoon. Wellington stays largely dry all day. The east coast is mostly dry also however scattered falls spread from the west into Hawkes Bay from afternoon, clearing evening.

Showers for the West Coast of the South Island are heavy at times with thunderstorms and hail, mainly dry in the east however during the afternoon showers develop for Southland and Otago, some may be heavy with thunder then easing in the evening.

Showers continue for western parts of the country on Friday with morning thunderstorms for the West Coast, showers ease in the evening. The east coast continues it’s mainly dry streak however Southland, Otago and perhaps South Canterbury gets some shower activity then clearing away in the evening.

This coming weekend is full of strong westerly quarter winds, fronts and heavy rain for western regions. This is especially true as we move into late Saturday / overnight and into Sunday.

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By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


Phil Clements on 23/09/2020 10:33pm

So Watercare is considering lifting water restrictions in Auckland…
With just 19mm of rain recorded so far in September and little decent rain in sight what are your thoughts on this??
Is it madness or is there sufficient rain in the long range forecast to permit the easing of water restrictions ?

WW Forecast Team on 24/09/2020 12:04am

Hi Phil, we have publicly said in news stories we’re quite baffled by this decision. Especially after the very dry September. But Watercare uses Government forecasters and told us they were happy with them… so we aren’t sure who is making these decisions and based on what criteria.
Philip D

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