Severe southerly gales battering Wellington today are
creating havoc for school holiday travellers as flights and
ferry crossings are cancelled.
Flooded roads remain closed today as the eastern North Island
continues to be hammered by heavy rain, but residents
elsewhere are in for a brief respite today.
A "bone-chilling" weekend is in store for northern New
Zealand, MetService warns, as parts of the North Island cope
with flooding and rising rivers today.
The Desert Rd remains closed due to snow this morning, while
the rain continues to fall over soggy parts of the North
Snow is on the way this week, and falls to low levels are
forecast for the deep south.
It is hoped Otago will escape the latest heavy rain warning
without further flooding.
Coastal Otago may have flooded, but it was Central Otago
which recorded its wettest June since records began.
Chilly Kiwis fed up with winter's icy temperatures can put
their woollies away for a while, as forecasters are
predicting a respite from the cold weather.
The cold snap has yet to fully release its grip on the South
and numerous roads are still closed owing to the pummelling
the region took over the last few days.
The worst of the snow is over but sub-zero temperatures are
expected in Otago at the weekend, bringing the risk of
widespread black ice.
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