Severe Weather Warnings Still In Place Around NZ

Publish Date
Thursday, 18 February 2016, 4:26PM
Wild weather at Golden Bay. Photo / Bede Walsh

Wild weather at Golden Bay. Photo / Bede Walsh

The country’s run of good summer weather has been disrupted by a number of active fronts running up the west of the country.

Many areas have been wet and windy, and there are still several Severe Weather Warnings and a Severe Weather Watch in effect.
 
The wettest spots for this event have been the ranges of Westland and Nelson along with Mt Taranaki, where 200 to 300mm or more has fallen. Some areas also saw thunderstorms which boosted rainfall rates to 30 or 40 mm in one hour, causing surface flooding, land slips and poor visibility while driving.  
 
There are still Severe Weather Warnings (latest here) in place for the West Coast of the South Island as another front moves up the country tonight and into Friday morning. The Bay of Plenty and Rotorua can expect heavy rain until Friday afternoon and some areas could get totals of up to 160mm on top of what has already fallen there.  As well as Warning areas, there is a Severe Weather Watch in force for rain and wind which may affect a number of areas in both the North and South Islands. You can find the latest updates for these here.

Looks like the weekend might be better, however!

Rain is expected in the west and south of the South Island on Saturday, but there should be sunny spells and high cloud elsewhere which bodes well for the Blackcaps game in Christchurch. The South Island’s Sunday looks like a day of cloudy periods with a few showers, especially in the morning, with fine breaks increasing later in the day.

What to expect 

North Island

Whangarei
Today: Periods of rain, some possibly heavy. Strong northerly. High 26C.
Tomorrow: Morning rain, then a few showers. Westerly developing. H 27C.

Auckland
Today: Some rain, some possibly heavy. Strong northerly. H 25C.
Tomorrow: Morning rain, then a few showers. H 26C.

Tauranga
Today: Rain, possibly heavy. Strong northerlies. H 25C.
Tomorrow: Rain easing to a few showers. Northerly eases. H 26C.

Hamilton
Today: Rain, possibly heavy. Northerlies. H 25C.
Tomorrow: Morning rain, then a few showers. Westerly developing. H 26C.

Wellington
Today: Rain clearing in the morning with fine spells. Gale northerly with gusts of up to 100km/h. H 22C.
Tomorrow: Rain then a few showers which clear later. Strong northerly. H 22C.

South Island

Christchurch

Today: Early rain, then fine/high cloud. Brief afternoon showers. Northerly. H 26C.
Tomorrow: Fine, with variable high cloud. Northwesterlies. H 26C

Dunedin
Today: Rain clears early, few afternoon showers, chance they'll become heavy. Northerly. H 22C.
Tomorrow: Fine, variable high cloud. Northwesterlies. H 24C.

Invercargill
Today: Rain clears early, a few afternoon showers. Northerly. H 20C.
Tomorrow: High cloud, brief afternoon rain. Northwesterlies. H 19C

Queenstown
Today: Periods of rain. Gusty northerlies. H 19C.
Tomorrow: Fine, variable high cloud. Northwesterly. H 20C


Stay safe, New Zealand!

NZ Herald / Metservice