Parts of the North Island are being warned to brace for
possible slips and surface flooding as a low brings rain to
much of the country today.
Christchurch and Dunedin will have southwesterlies and
periods of rain, some heavy in Christchurch.
The MetService said the low over the Tasman Sea was expected
to cross the lower North Island this afternoon, with a
fast-moving front bringing a burst of heavy rain to the North
The forecaster has issued a heavy rain warning for Taranaki,
Tongariro National Park, the Kaimanawa mountains and the
ranges of eastern Bay of Plenty.
The rain in those areas was likely to be short-lived, but
with 60-90mm expected in some places, there was a possibility
of surface flooding, slips and fast-rising streams and
The low would also bring strong to gale northwesterlies in
exposed parts of Wairarapa and central Hawkes Bay, south of
Hastings, from tonight.
The winds should ease in Wairarapa tomorrow morning and in
Hawkes Bay in the early afternoon.
Auckland can expect northwesterlies and occasional rain
easing this afternoon.
In Wellington, developing rain should clear by the evening,
with a strong northerly expected.
In the South Island, another front would bring further heavy
rain to Westland this afternoon.