MetService forecasts wet and windy start to the school holidays
It is going to be a wet and windy start to the school holidays as a deep area of low pressure and associated fronts move slowly south across the country. This system is expected to bring significant heavy rain and strong winds to many areas, with MetService issuing numerous Severe Weather Warnings and Watches.
Rain has already begun to fall for much of the North Island, with heavier falls expected to start in Northland this afternoon and spread south over much of the country later today and Tuesday. Heavy Rain Warnings and Watches are in force for many regions, with an emphasis on those exposed to the north and east.
This deep low-pressure system is also forecast to bring strong winds to many with potential for severe northeast gales for much of the North Island, and for western parts of the South Island from the Marlborough Sounds through to Westland. Gales gusting 110 km/h are expected for the Auckland region, while gusts up to 140 km/h are forecast for Buller and Westland.
MetService Meteorologist Amy Rossiter says, “With multiple rain events over the last week the ground is already quite saturated in many regions, so even briefly heavy falls could cause flooding and slips, and with strong winds as well, there could be tree fall or power outages.”