After experiencing widespread flooding yesterday, the Nelson
region can look forward to a reprieve from the rain.
MetService duty forecaster Mike O'Connor said it was
currently cloudy in the region and it was set to fine up as
the day progressed.
"They might get a few showers this evening, but it's not
going to be anything major really."
The Civil Defence Centre activated yesterday afternoon by
Nelson Tasman Civil Defence Emergency Management in response
to flooding in the Victory area of Nelson has now been stood
down. The flood waters have receded to the point where
immediate help is no longer required, Civil Defence said.
Drivers in the region were reminded to take extra care as
road conditions were not ideal. Contractors were continuing
to clear remaining debris from the affected roads.
The front which brought widespread rain to most of the
country yesterday was now hanging over the East Cape of the
North Island, Mr O'Connor said.
"It looks like it's pretty much east of Whakatane now. That
should clear shortly after midday. Behind that we have a
norwest flow and it's quite showery."
Overnight the 84mm of ran fell in the region. A weather
warning was in place for the region until midday today, Mr
"At the moment we've got quite a bit of low cloud and patchy
drizzle over western areas of the North Island."
The drizzle was affecting the Waikato region, Northland,
Waitomo, Taumarunui, Taranaki and Auckland, Mr O'Connor said.
Fiordland and Westland were set to be most affected by the
weather today, with heavy rain and thunderstorms forecast.
"We also have a thunderstorm risk for Taranaki for late
afternoon and this evening. There's a trough that goes over
and showers become more frequent from late afternoon and the
evening for much of the North Island."
Aucklanders could expect a cloudy day today with the odd
shower lingering, Mr O'Connor said.
"From evening they're going to get some more frequent showers
but it's not a huge episode."
Meanwhile, skiers and snowboarders may be in for a fresh
dumping of snow on the country's ski fields.
Snow was forecast down to about 1200 metres in the South
Island, Mr O'Connor said.
"It's not super low, but they definitely will be getting some
in the upper mountains."
- Brendan Manning of APNZ