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Tuesday’s headlines (x3): Heavy rain West Coast today, Second system on Friday, Rainfall outlook

Here’s what is making the weather headlines today….


The main scenario today will be heavy rain moving into the West Coast, starting about South Westland this morning then moving further northwards this afternoon. Nelson and Marlborough see heavy rain overnight.

Metservice have various watches and warnings out regarding this rain, you can see them here.


The second main feature to keep an eye on this week moves in from the Tasman on Friday. A low descends from the northwest into central NZ, heavy rain about the upper South Island and lower North Island looks to be a possibility.

Winds don’t look overly strong at this stage but will become gusty for the western North Island as the low moves in.


The rainfall outlook over the next seven days shows the West Coast and lower North Island getting above average rainfall, this can be attributed to the two systems mentioned above.

The eastern South Island and parts of the upper North Island looks to have drier weather compared to what would normally be expected at this time of year.

The precipitation percentage of normal map below shows red (less rainfall expected than the statistical average), blue (more rainfall expected than the statistical average) and white (average amount of rainfall). The more intense the colour the more either scenario is true.

Precipitation percentage of normal through to Tuesday 25th April 2023


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