A break from the weekend’s wet and wild weather

September 18, 2016

The week ended with a spell of heavy rain and strong winds over northern and central parts of the country. Among the worst affected were Kapiti Horowhenua, Wellington and Wairarapa. Minor flooding was reported in these areas and slips affected roads, including the Rimutaka Hill Road over the weekend. “People will be glad of some sunny breaks during the week after what was an indoor weekend for many,” commented MetService Meteorologist Derek Holland.

From Friday through to midday Sunday, rainfall amounts of 85.0mm were recorded at Lower Hutt, and 108.2mm at Paraparaumu.

Generally settled weather is expected this coming week, giving people a welcome respite from the recent wind and rain. However, a trough crossing the north of the country later Tuesday and Wednesday will bring a period of rain there.

From later Wednesday, another ridge develops, and remains slow-moving over New Zealand through to Friday. “The ridge is expected to give periods of sunny weather for many later this week,” said Derek Holland.

To get the most up to date information on severe weather around the country,or any other forecasts, see metservice.com or on mobile devices at
m.metservice.com. You can also follow our updates on MetService TV, at MetService New Zealand on Facebook, @metservice and @MetServiceWARN on Twitter and at blog.metservice.com.

For further information please contact:
Derek Holland Meteorologist (04)4700848
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