It’s the news farmers and residents across Waikato have been waiting to hear – significant rain is on the way. A low which developed in the sub-tropics is tonight moving towards New Zealand and rain has already spread as far south as Auckland, combined with easterlies gusting to gale force.
“Initial forecasts by TRN’s Weather Watch Centre predict over 30mm of rain over the next 48 hours in Hamilton but I think some areas could see well over 50mm” says head weather analyst Philip Duncan. Over 10mm of rain has already fallen in Eastern Waikato since 9pm last night. “This will most likely be the biggest rain event so far this year for Waikato”.
“The rain is expected to intensify overnight and by tomorrow night isolated heavy showers or thunderstorms are highly likely as far south as Bay of Plenty and Waikato”.
Gales have battered the Far North all day with gusts over 110km/h which Auckland Harbour has been receiving gusts to 90km/h “consistently”. Mr Duncan warns motorists on Auckland’s Harbour Bridge to take extreme care tomorrow with gusts well over 100km/h likely. He says Aucklanders should be prepared for “heavy traffic” as a result of the weather.
MetService has issued a Severe Weather Watch warning the rain brand could stall over Bay Of Plenty bringing high rainfall amounts there as far into the week as Thursday.