Holidaymakers are being warned that remnants of Cyclone Evan
will be passing through the upper North Island over
Christmas, causing rivers to rise with surface flooding
MetService this morning issued a severe weather warning for
northern parts of the North Island.
A deep low - which was formerly Cyclone Evan - would lie
north of Northland tonight, then just west of Cape Reinga by
the end of tomorrow, before drifting west of the North Island
on Christmas Day, MetService advised.
Rain was expected to become heavy later this afternoon, and
continue through Monday and into Christmas Day.
The heaviest rain would hit Northland, Auckland north of
Whangaparoa, and the Coromandel Peninsula north of Tairua.
MetService warned holidaymakers and trampers that rivers and
streams could rise rapidly and that slips and surface
flooding was possible.
WeatherWatch analyst Aaron Wilkinson said the heaviest rain
and strongest winds would move into Northland tomorrow,
before moving south.
By Boxing Day the low would weaken and move east, bringing a
period of rain to most of the country.
The lower South Island could remain fairly dry, he said.