Respite for Nelson after flooding

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 O'Connor said.

"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

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