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Will it rain on my Parade?

22nd, November, 2018

MetService is advising that the low that has caused plenty of wet weather across New Zealand this week, moves away to the east today.

However, meteorologist Rob Kerr says another complex low system is barrelling towards the country from the west as we head into the weekend.

“As this next feature moves onto New Zealand, most of the country should expect some rain, with North Island rainfall at its heaviest on higher ground from Taranaki to East Cape, while eastern parts of the South Island are going to be the wettest parts of the Mainland once again,” he says

“Northeasterlies will bring further rain with heavy falls to already saturated parts of Dunedin and Otago during Saturday and Sunday but those hardy Southern folk are not alone, as just about everyone heading outside should have their umbrellas at the ready this weekend,” he adds.

“Both Wellington and Auckland get their Christmas celebrations underway with parades this weekend, and the forecast for the Capital is similar for both Saturday and Sunday, with cloud and a moderate risk of rain during those afternoons. For Auckland on Sunday, the main front is expected to move through Sunday morning with warmer weather in its wake than of late. There will still be some showers around though, so fingers crossed for clear breaks once the parade starts at 1pm,” says Kerr.

Wet weather will continue to affect many at the start of next week. Central parts of New Zealand are currently set to experience significant rainfall on Monday, with Severe Weather Warnings or Watches likely to be issued over the weekend, so make sure you keep up with the latest information at

Warnings are about taking action:
• When severe weather is imminent or is occurring
• Issued only when required
• Recommendation: ACT
Watches are about being alert:
• When severe weather is possible but not sufficiently imminent or certain for a Warning to be issued
• Issued only when required
• Recommendation: BE READY
Outlooks are about looking ahead:
• To provide advance information on possible future Watches and/or Warnings
• Issued routinely once or twice a day
• Recommendation: PLAN


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