A storm that has brought gales and flooding rains to Queensland is now moving towards New Zealand. The Radio Network’s head weather analyst Philip Duncan says Northland will be the first to feel the affects of the tropical storm. “Showers will turn to rain on Sunday in the far north to reach Whangarei overnight Sunday. Strong north east winds may gust to gale force in exposed areas north of Auckland on Monday too”.
Duncan says with a large High just east of New Zealand it could act as a barrier. “When that happens the rain band, which may not be very big, can stall creating long lasting heavy rain”.
MetService is also monitoring the situation saying there is a moderate risk of rain warnings being issued for the North. Yesterday they were warning only a low risk.
“Exact rainfalls and which regions will be worst hit probably wont be clear for another 24 to 36 hours, but heavy rain and strong winds should affect most places north of Taupo on Monday”.
A narrow ridge of high pressure should cover the South Island this weekend and the start of the week, meaning settled weather for the South but increasing the chances of strong winds and wet weather over northern New Zealand.