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A tale of two lows


A tale of two lows

MetService are forecasting the heavy rain to ease and weather to become mainly fine for the North Island this weekend, while the South Island remains cloudy and wet thanks to a low-pressure lingering just west of the South Island. Another low-pressure system then brings significant weather to the upper North Island early next week.

MetService meteorologist Andrew James explains, 'Our weather is under the influence of two different low-pressure systems over the next few days. The first low is off the Fiordland coast and brings low cloud and rain to the South Island, particularly coastal Otago and Southland, where an onshore flow directs a long period of rain, and there is a Heavy Rain Watch in force.'

'On Friday and Saturday, the front that brought heavy rain to Westland this week then moves over North Island, bringing widespread rain. Most of the rain will be gone for those in the North Island by Saturday, but some pesky showers do remain on Sunday. With that front, periods of heavy rain are expected for Bay of Plenty, and the Gisborne ranges, and there is another Heavy Rain Watch for these areas for much of Friday and early Saturday,' James adds.

At the end of the weekend, a second low-pressure system approaches Aotearoa from the north. This brings strong winds, and heavy rain, to the upper North Island early next week so stay up to date with the latest forecasts at

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