Keep brol­lies at the ready

Herald on Sunday - - THIS WEEK - By Ophe­lia Buck­le­ton

Keep your rain­coats and gum­mies at the ready — wet weather is set to con­tinue for the fi­nal week of school hol­i­days with a risk of thun­der­storms and heavy rain warn­ings.

It has been a wet week­end for most as a slow mov­ing low pres­sure sys­tem ap­proaches from the Tas­man, ex­pected to bring more heavy rain to­day.

But it’s not all bad. A brief win­dow of fine weather can be ex­pected on Thurs­day be­fore another front moves over the coun­try. Then, it will be back to board games and watch­ing movies on the couch as more rain is set to wash away the hol­i­days.

The heav­i­est falls this week­end were ex­pected around Nel­son where a heavy rain warn­ing was in force from Satur­day even­ing un­til tonight. The in­ten­sity of down­pours could reach 25mm an hour to­day, with thun­der­storms pos­si­ble too.

MetSer­vice warned rain could cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly as well as sur­face flood­ing and slips. Rain could also make driv­ing haz­ardous.

A heavy rain watch has been is­sued for parts of the cen­tral North Is­land and up­per South Is­land in­clud­ing Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Ro­torua, Ton­gariro Na­tional Park, Mt Taranaki and coastal Kaik­oura, through to Mon­day.

As if that wasn’t enough, there was a mod­er­ate risk of thun­der­storms for most parts of the North Is­land in­clud­ing Auck­land, Waikato, Taranaki, Whanganui, Coro­man­del Penin­sula and the Bay of Plenty this af­ter­noon and even­ing.

MetSer­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist Tom Bell said thun­der­storms could bring light­ning to Auck­land on an al­ready wet Sun­day.

The out­look for the South Is­land was not much brighter with mod­er­ate risk of thun­der­storms for Nel­son, north­ern Buller, Marl­bor­ough Sounds and western Marl­bor­ough ranges un­til the even­ing.

Thurs­day will be the day to get out and play, with a ridge of high pres­sure set to de­liver a fine day for most parts of coun­try.

The North Is­land may just get lucky with a few hours of sun­shine on Fri­day as well.

How­ever the set­tled weather is likely to be short-lived as another front is ex­pected on Fri­day and Satur­day, with the rain set to re­turn.

Mark Mitchell

You might need an um­brella to see you through the rest of the school hol­i­days.

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