Rain to Continue

April 20, 2013

Wet weather should continue over many parts of New Zealand through to the early part of the coming week. Unusually wet conditions could lead to surface flooding in a number of places, as has already occurred in western Bay of Plenty this morning.

“The Bay of Plenty, west of Whakatane, continues to be in the firing line today with further heavy falls expected, and up to 200 mm possible in thunderstorms near the coast,” commented Media Meteorologist John Law. “Moderate to heavy rainfall is likely throughout Bay of Plenty, not just in the western part of the region, again on Sunday and Monday.”

Heavy rainfalls, sometimes thundery, are expected in parts of Taranaki and the Tasman and Marlborough Districts through to Monday. Moderate to heavy rain is also expected in the Canterbury high country and foothills and the ranges of eastern Otago through to later Sunday.

Easterly gales around Buller and the Tasman District are expected to ease during Saturday afternoon.

“With warm moist air continuing to flow over northern New Zealand, there is the continued risk of heavy showers and thunderstorms over parts of Northland and Auckland through Sunday and into Monday,” Law went on to say. “The Severe Weather Team may issue Severe Thunderstorm Watches or Warnings at any time.”

Keep up to date with the latest forecasts and any watches/warnings at metservice.com or on mobile devices at m.metservice.com. You can also follow our updates on MetService TV, @metservice on Twitter and at blog.metservice.com.

For further information please contact:
John Law Media Meteorologist (04)4700754
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