Heavy rain, gales on way

Heavy rain and "damaging" gale-force winds are expected across New Zealand this week.

The MetService has issued a severe weather watch across the country, saying the ranges of the upper South Island and central North Island will get the most severe gales on Friday and Saturday.

A large low will move over the Tasman Sea today and is likely to spread a band of rain and strengthening easterlies over the North Island and upper South Island in the next few days.

Heavy rain is expected for the east coast of the North Island, and south-easterly gales for the West Coast of the South Island.

In Hawkes Bay and Gisborne more than 100mm of rain may fall in 24 hours, from Friday morning through to Saturday evening.

In Nelson, Buller and Westland southeasterly gales could become severe on Friday, lasting until Saturday morning.

In north-eastern parts of Northland heavy rain is expected on Thursday afternoon when up to 30mm is expected.

MetService advises people to stay up to date with the latest forecasts in case these weather watches are upgraded.

 

Add a Comment

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter