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Severe weather threat update

Rain or showers continue to fall this morning over the upper part of the North Island.  This includes Northland as well as the Coromandel Peninsula, Auckland and the Waikato.

Rain is expected to become more widespread as we go through the day.  By this afternoon, much of the North Island will have the risk for precipitation, even though not every one will be getting wet.  Aside from the upper North Island, the precipitation will be more of the “hit and miss” variety.  In fact, it will be so muggy today that even when it’s not raining, the muggy air will make it feel like it’s about to rain at any time today.

The upper North Island will see areas of heavy rain today.  Heavy rain continues to be a threat for today about Northland.  But forecasters believe the threat for actual flooding remains fairly low.

However, Government forecaster MetService believes both much of the upper part of the North Island will likely see widespread heavy rain.  For that reason they have issue Heavy Rain Warnings for Northland, Auckland (north of Whangaparoa), Great Barrier Island and Coromandel Peninsula. and MetService forecasters both agree that rain will increase in both areal coverage and intensity late this morning and into this afternoon.

By Howard Joseph,


Judy on 24/12/2012 1:30am

Just had some very heavy rain in Whakatane.

westcoast on 23/12/2012 7:13pm

yes, this low looks like it still has a sting in its tail
Its been dragging in alot of moisture for a few days now, and that looks to be forming a more organised frontal boundary that is going to cross the north island over the next 24 to 48 hours

Richard on 23/12/2012 6:28pm

It is a great blessing to finally get some rain since 11pm last night, had approx 9ml till 7am this morning. I do hope this rain becomes a christmas present to ALL farmers who are desperately needing this much needed rain..

I wish everyone at Weatherwatch and everyone out there a merry festive christmas and a happy new year, eat plenty and play safe people.

Regards, Richard.

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