Rain on way for much of country

Gumboots and raincoats will be needed this week, as weather forecasters are expecting rain and strong winds for much of the country.

Metservice said wet, windy conditions - remnants of Cyclone June from New Caledonia - would hit the upper North Island late tomorrow and spread to southern and central parts of New Zealand on Tuesday.

The strong or gale force winds expected, particularly over the sea, are due to a low crossing the North Island, Metservice said.

While heavy swells along the east coast from, Cape Reinga to the Bay of Plenty, were also possible on Tuesday, Met Service did not believe conditions would reach a level where weather warnings would be needed for affected areas.

Meanwhile, upper North Island residents looking forward to their long Anniversary Weekends will be pleased to know the weather is expected to improve later in the week.

However, those in the South Island are likely to get another bout of wet weather, with Metservice expecting more rainfall in southern and western parts after Wednesday.


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