Sour weather brought on by a "mean low" over the North Island
will be in full force by this afternoon.
Much of the North Island has been slapped with severe weather
warnings and watches, with Northland already seeing the
beginning of the wet and windy conditions expected over the
next two days.
MetService meteorologist Dan Corbett said the bad weather was
expected to hit Northland, Auckland and Coromandel by this
Wind speeds could reach up to 130km/h in the three regions -
placing them on a severe wind warning.
Eastern Waikato residents have also been warned to expect
"potentially dangerous" gusts by this evening.
"The rain will just start to become more steady and
persistent," Mr Corbett said.
"The drive home in places like Auckland will be just yucky.
"It's a mean low" which created a risk of flooding and beach
erosion, he said.
Poor weather was likely to continue through most of tomorrow,
but as the winds are mainly from the tropics, day-time
temperatures in the upper half of the North Island should
remain around 16C.
"Through Wednesday, the heavy persistent rain starts to
become a bit more patchy and showery.
"It will start to wind down as we go through the day on
Thursday, and by Friday we can all hang the washing out," Mr
Air New Zealand has advised the stormy weather may disrupt
air services today.
It has the "potential to impact both Air New Zealand jet and
regional services to and from Auckland and other upper North
Island airports," the company said in a statement.
Air New Zealand passengers should check the departures
information on the Air New Zealand website or call the
contact centre on 0800 737 000.