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Wind and rain on the way – Friday’s #WeatherRisks

We’ve been talking about an incoming frontal system bringing heavy rain for a few days now – and we’re about to see the results of that talk through Friday.


The front is set to move over the upper South Island Friday morning, then onto the North Island from early afternoon.
Ahead of the front, northwesterly winds are likely to be gusty and strong for some – particularly North Canterbury and Marlborough – especially inland, Cook Strait, and Wellington.
The East Coast of the North Island won’t see strong winds till evening, and while winds may gust to gale at times, they won’t blow with the same strength as in Cook Strait.


Heavy rain falls on the West Coast of the South Island Friday morning, before easing in the afternoon.
Rain shouldn’t cause too many issues for them, but rivers and creeks are likely to rise – so people would be wise to keep an eye on the conditions.
Rain moves into the west of the North Island in the afternoon, all the way from Taranaki through to Kapiti, where rain may be heavy at times before easing in the evening as winds change southeasterly.

– Aaron Wilkinson & Drew Chappell

– Photo: Chris Johnson


Guest on 3/07/2015 4:27am

the Uk had a dry winter once and then got a wet summer and spring…will we in the north get the same since they are getting the heat waves we had in jan??????

Guest on 3/07/2015 4:21am

you just have look at the niwa maps to know this is not normal  …..they say you get your share sooner or later so by that saying …….Heavy rain or floods for the land north of taupo????? and droughts for westland and southland,….so la ninas coming???????

Steve on 2/07/2015 8:46pm

Hopefully some rain for us in the north near Waipu as with only 105mm last month we are experiencing a bit of a winter “dry” at the moment. While some farmers maybe glad with not so much mud, maintaining water tables is also a factor for later in the season. If a dry summer is on the cards a “dry” winter will not be helpfull. Also change of wind direction will be welcome after the persistent sou wester we have had for some time.

Cheers Steve

WW Forecast Team on 2/07/2015 9:18pm

Thanks a lot for the detailed update Steve, very helpful to us as Govt soil moisture maps are only so useful.  Yes I think you should get a decent downpour overnight tonight and early Saturday.  Are a few northern areas (like westrn BOP) that could do with a little more rain too – to get out of that ‘winter dry’.

Let us know how you get on after tonight.

Philip Duncan

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