Cyclone Ita may have blown out of steam but the long weekend
is set to stay wet or showery for large parts of the country
Auckland is copping the heaviest downpours today so far but
showers are forecast to continue for many other areas,
including some South Island regions soaked and battered late
Many residents lost power in last week's storms and lines
crews are working to restore the supply to south Westland
residents, 300 of whom had no electricity last night.
Power lines in the region were damaged by falling trees and
high winds and for affected residents south of Fox Glacier,
it could be a couple of days at least until their power is
restored, Westpower chief executive Rob Caldwell said.
It was restored in the Franz Joseph Glacier CBD last night
and efforts are continuing in Whataroa, Greymouth and Fox
Today a front is heading down the North Island and it brought
heavy rain around lunchtime in Auckland, Met Service duty
meteorologist David Miller said.
Showers and possible thunder storms were expected to hit the
city for the rest of the day and it was a similar story for
the rest of the North Island.
The showers would continue tomorrow morning before more
settled weather later in the day, meaning the best time to be
outdoors would be as the long weekend was ending.
Temperatures would be down slightly but it was still expected
to be warm.
The South Island was doused at the end of last week and today
Mr Miller said it was a "tale of two halves'' on the
Rain was forecast to fall in west coast areas, with heavy
falls in Westland. The east coast would be nicer, although a
"few spots'' of rain were expected in Canterbury and squally
showers were forecast for Central Otago and Dunedin.
Tomorrow, falls in the west would ease to showers.
Temperatures would also drop slightly from today's highs.