Holiday makers and children home for the school break might
have to dodge showers this week, but there should be no
repeat of last week's bruising storm in the lead up to Anzac
After a weekend that saw many Auckland residents left without
hot water and Westland homes without power, the week ahead
promises to be a lot calmer.
MetService predicts improving conditions across the country
tomorrow before isolated areas of wet weather over a few
Duty meteorologist Nicole Ranger said it was too early to say
what to expect on Anzac Day on Friday, but the top half of
the North Island could be in for a few showers.
The bottom half of the island could also expect rain or
showers with a southerly change.
In the South Island, the east can expect a fine day with high
cloud, while rain will ease in the west.
A warm flow over New Zealand on Thursday should mean it won't
be too cold on Friday, Ms Ranger said.
The tail of ex-cyclone Ita made for a stormy Easter weekend
for most, with high winds bringing down trees and powerlines.
Pockets of west Auckland and the North Shore have been
without hot water for four days after power lines were
brought down on Thursday, when ex-cyclone Ita hit the city,
causing extensive flooding on Tamaki Drive.
Some hot water pilots - which supply electricity to hot water
cylinders, independently of the main power supply - were not
reconnected, even after power was restored.
Vector spokeswoman Sandy Hodge said crews were making good
progress in reconnecting affected pilots, and were working in
Ranui, Te Atatu South and Bayswater. They would then move on
to Huapai, Glendene, Campbells Bay and Narrow Neck, Ms Hodge
In Westland, 300 residents were still without power last
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.
Power was restored in the Franz Joseph Glacier CBD last night
and efforts continued today in Whataroa, Greymouth and Fox
Meanwhile, Federates Farmers is advising farmers in affected
areas to ask for help if needed.