Monday, June 4, 2012

Heavy rain to batter North Island‎, New Zealand

A complex weather system is forecast to cross New Zealand overnight tomorrow, bringing gale-force winds and heavy rain to much of the North Island on Tuesday and snow to low levels in parts of the South Island on Wednesday.

MetService spokesman Daniel Corbett said a storm system would push warm air and northerlies across the North Island, and a southerly front would bring bitterly cold air across the South Island.

The engine room of the system would settle over Cook Strait on Wednesday before clearing on Thursday and Friday.

The MetService has issued severe rain warnings for eastern Bay of Plenty, northern Gisborne, Buller and northwest Nelson, where 100mm or more of rain was expected.

Severe northerlies gusting to 140km/h are likely throughout much of the lower North Island including Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Taranaki, Wanganui, Wellington and Wairarapa. Read More