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Storm – “Main Course Being Prepared”.

Light rain falls across New Lynn’s CBD, West Auckland.  Photo by Zelda Wynn.  Do you have photos of today’s weather?  Upload them here.

3pm update.

Rain is becoming more widespread across a number of northern and western regions. weather analyst Philip Duncan says heavy rain is now moving down the country.  “Heavy rain is now moving into Northland, brushing Taranaki and setting in across Nelson”.

Our Blenheim reporter Anna Richards says rain has now set in across Blenheim and Marlborough also.

Earlier today Mr Duncan described the rain as just the “entree” but he says now the main course is being prepared.  “The main frontal band is inching closer to our main centres in the north and west.  It will be a wet and windy night for much of New Zealand”.

Saturated air, directly from the tropics, will move over much of the country this afternoon and set in tonight”.

“Humidity remains incredibly high in Auckland this afternoon.  Our readings show it’s still around 97% meaning even indoors could feel pretty damp”.

Mr Duncan says due to the sub-tropical weather northern New Zealand will unlikely drop below 18 or 19 degrees tonight.  “There’ll hardly be a change in temperature from midday to midnight…probably only a 1 degree shift”.

The Weather Watch Centre says that the sustained heavy rain over dry and cracked soil could lead to slips and some flooding – raising it’s own flood/slip risk level to “moderate” in north western areas in both islands.  “Tonight heavy falls, some with thunder, are possible for northern and western facing regions right across New Zealand.  Residents in places like Bay of Plenty, Northland, Taranaki, King Country and the northern South Island should keep up to date with the latest forecasts.

The Lightning Detector at is picking up some lightning activity out in the Tasman and that’s expected to increase tonight.  Northland, Taranaki and possibly Auckland might have a rumble or two according to Duncan.

Meanwhile our state owned forecaster, MetService, has issued over a dozen rain and wind warnings.  They can all be found here

Latest Extreme Conditions

As the spring storm moves in northerly winds are picking up with gales across the Far North and out in the Hauraki Gulf already.

The warm northerly flow has bumped up temperatures across southern and eastern parts of both islands.  Philip Duncan says it’s 27 in Hastings, Manawatu and Dunedin with 26 in Timaru and 25 in Christchurch. 

What are conditions like where you are?  Post a comment below!


Linda on 24/11/2008 8:17am

We are inland from Whangarei. Mostly we have had strong winds all day and not alot of rain. We are still hoping for more rain. But at least I didn’t have to water my garden tonight.The time now is 9.20pm and it is windy outside with the odd shower of rain.

Meescha on 24/11/2008 2:46am

Think We Must Have Best Weather Here In Te Aroha, Although Gusty Wind, Very Hot & Sunny ~ No Sign Of Rain

WW Forecast Team on 24/11/2008 2:33am

Thought I’d share some of the extremes from our airport weather stations (they tend to not really reflect what many of you are experiencing which is why your readings are so fantastic to see!).

Philip Duncan

All readings as of 3pm.


  1. 28 – Palmerston North, Timaru
  2. 27 – Ohakea, Dunedin
  3. 26 – Napier, Hastings.


  1. 48km/h – Westport
  2. 41km/h – Hawera
  3. 37km/h – Auckland Airport


  1. Cape Reinga – 98km/h
  2. Tiritiri Matangi Island (Hauraki Gulf) – 93km/h
  3. Westport – 70km/h

Steve on 24/11/2008 2:04am

Upper Hutt report 1500hrs 24/11/2008

max 29c just outbreaks of so far light precip with increasing northerly wind

ato2 on 23/11/2008 11:49pm

Some light rain has fallen in New Plymouth so far. NNE winds around 25 km/hr, gusting a bit more, of course. 18 degrees atm, pretty much the way it has been since midnight.

SW on 23/11/2008 11:03pm

Its a typical Cold and Wet day in Auckland.No surprise.Wind is only moderate/fresh strength though,it died out last night when it started to rain.though.

Andrew on 23/11/2008 10:47pm

Here in Northcote its 18.8C and 1011hpa and we have had light rain all morning 11mm since 7pm last night. which is when i reset the rain guage. its 84% Humidity at 11.45am.


Hope we get heaps of data out of this Low System…

Guest Kerry on 23/11/2008 10:04pm

Morning from Coopers, we are in a white out situation here, cloud pretty low, can not see across the bay, no rain at present, I have recorded just 9mls since noon yesterday, the wind has some good gusts, seas are a bit rough, but good rollers yesterday a few wipeouts were observed.

regards Kerry

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