The weekend delivered pretty much what was expected with strong winds, heavy rain and rising river levels.
Caravans were overturned in high winds, surface flooding entered vehicles and State Highway One was closed between Christchurch and Dunedin yesterday, as floodwaters submerged the highway near Ashburton.
The Rangitata river was flowing a metre deep at one point yesterday over SH1, making it impassable.
Prolonged heavy rain in the high country rapidly rose river levels overnight on Saturday and throughout Sunday .
On a postive note nationally, temperatures were high in northern and eastern areas with the low to mid 20s topped from Whangarei down to Dunedin at one point over the weekend.
Out west, conditions are expected to slowly improve from tomorrow over the mainland this week, after a very damp weekend in places.
Northwesterly rains hammered parts of the coast making conditions soggy and miserable for many locals.
Further north, Wellingtonians copped a pasting overnight on Saturday and yesterday morning, as severe gales roared into the capital and gusting to almost 120kph. Hawkes bay didn’t escape the big blow either, with a tree blowing over on SH2 north of Napier yesterday morning.
This week a different story is panning out for the country, as much colder air is expected to bring wintry conditions to many regions, with snow levels lowering in southern and central areas.
Single digit highs are likely from Invercargill to Kaikoura midweek with snow in these areas ranging from 600 metres, to near sea level in the far south.
on 18/05/2009 12:56am
We had a marvelous weekend of weather here in Whangarei, blue sky and sun all the way with excellent temps. It is similar today so far as well after a light shower or two during the night.
Like the Auckland person though, we do have a lot of muddy ground around so early in the winter, if we end up having the predicted wetter winter I can see plenty of flooded areas occuring pretty soon unless we get a good dry spell before the wet.
But at the moment I am enjoying this beautiful warm sunshine.
on 17/05/2009 8:03pm
I know this is like asking how long a piece of string is but is there a break in this daily rain we are having in Auckland at the moment? I can’t believe we have mud at this time of year already!
on 17/05/2009 11:25pm
Looks as though the rain will die out as the week progresses – fingers crossed for a dry, sunny, weekend ahead.
on 17/05/2009 8:03pm
Wish the southerly would hold off till the leaves have fallen ….another 2 weeks is ok.