A Volatile Spring Week in Store

October 3, 2016

Over the weekend, an active band of rain crossed the country bringing short bursts of heavy rain and thunderstorms to many.

“Though many northern areas received only 10 to 30mm of rain, there were a number of intense and localised heavy falls,” said MetService Meteorologist Derek Holland.

The already saturated ground in northern areas led to further problems with surface flooding and slips, especially in Auckland. The thunderstorms associated with the weather system caused power outages, and brought hail along with the heavy rain and thunder.

The wet weather is expected to continue over the county for the second week of the school holidays, with very changeable conditions expected for many. Active weather systems crossing New Zealand late Tuesday and also later Thursday will bring bursts of thundery rain. “Fortunately, the rain will not be  as continuous as that experienced in some areas over the past week or so, and in eastern regions rain will be even less  likely,” commented Derek Holland.

As these systems move swiftly across the country, gaps in the weather are expected. Temperatures remain mild, and between showers there should be some sunny breaks. With the school holidays in their second week, this is a bit of good news for parents looking for chances to get the kids outside.


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MetService issues Warnings, Watches and Outlooks for severe weather over New Zealand.

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Recommendation: ACT 

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