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State of the nation

More torrential rain is on the way for the upper Hawkes Bay, Gisborne and East Cape regions today as a deep depression remains just off the coast.

Rain warnings are still in force and further flooding and slips are likely to occur today as the low only very slowly moves out to sea.

Heavy rain should start to ease later today or tonight with showers remaining tomorrow.

For the rest of New Zealand a high south of New Zealand should keep conditions mostly calm over the South Island although some drizzle is possible across Canterbury.

Today is the first day of July and for Cantabrians many will be hoping a change in weather patterns following a gloomy, cold, end to June.  However that looks unlikely with more cloud, rain and showers in the forecast for the coming days along with cold easterlies and highs only around 7.

Meanwhile Wellington will also fall victim to the colder weather with a change to south easterlies by the end of the week or weekend. 

In Auckland and Hamilton a front will bring some rain on Thursday night/Friday morning however the weekend looks wetter as another large area of low pressure moves in from the Tasman Sea.  It’s too far out to be sure of it’s exact path and severity so check back for updates and Bay of Plenty may again be in for a soaking.

Have photos of the flooding in Gisborne?  Send them in here!


Anne on 30/06/2009 10:38pm

Hi guys, there was a news article in ‘The Press’ today suggesting snow on sunday to possibly sea level in Christchurch but this dosen’t seem to be in official forecasts… Is it A. just a newspaper filler B. over dramatic C. A possibility D. unlikely E. Something to look out for? Interested in your thoughts, thanks. It seems accurately forecasting snow is a very fickle thing…especially at low levels.

WW Forecast Team on 30/06/2009 11:39pm

Hi Anne,

I believe (and I may be wrong) that this has come from BlueSkies.  The data we use here at WeatherWatch shows it will certainly be cold over the next several days with snow flakes to quite low levels (Maybe only a couple hundred metres).   I don’t feel confident of snow to sea level – could be sleet in some centres especially overnight when temps drop even more.

Right now the data we’re looking at shows it may just be a little too warm for snow in Christchurch but it’s early days and even a slight shift in wind direction could drop temperatures by another degree or so – we’ll definitely keep you posted!


Philip Duncan

Robert on 30/06/2009 10:04pm

We are really lucky to have global warming, or else it would be really cold !!
Can someone answer if the sea ice between New Zealand and Antartica is at a normal level for this time of year .. it seems further out than normal to me.

SW on 30/06/2009 9:26pm

Bbring on the low pressure in the tasman,I hate these days when theres a bank of cloud in the southwest in the mornings like today then it becomes cloudy soon after sunrise and blows its guts out all day.

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