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Heavy rainfall heading our way this weekend

Wairarapa could be in for a heavy dumping of rain on Sunday, after the north of the island was hit hard earlier in the week.

Metservice said in its severe weather outlook that there was a low chance of rainfall amounts reaching warning criteria in Wairarapa on Sunday.

It said there was also a low chance of warning levels of rain falling on the Kaikoura Coast and North Canterbury on Saturday.

“There is also low confidence that southeast winds will reach severe gale about coastal Marlborough and southern Wellington on Saturday and Sunday.”

Metservice said Masterton would have a high of 20 degrees Celsius on Saturday with a low of 14 degrees Celsius.

The day would feature rain and southerlies.

Sunday would have a high of 19 degrees Celsius and a low of 14 degrees Celsius. There was a 90 per cent chance more than 10mm of rain would fall.

Metservice said that a moist southeast flow would cover central and southern New Zealand over the weekend, with rain affecting many eastern and central areas, and strong southeasterlies near Cook Strait. Additionally, the heavy northeasterly rain, which is currently affecting the Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty should continue into Saturday while easing during the day.

“There is moderate confidence that rainfall amounts reaching warning criteria will continue on Saturday. There is a further low risk of heavy rain in this area on Tuesday associated with a new subtropical low.”

Metservice said nearby Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne had a moderate risk of periods of heavy rain reaching warning criteria from Saturday to Tuesday. However, the rain would probably ease for a time on Monday.

It said on Tuesday, a deepening sub-tropical low was likely to approach the North Island bringing gales and rain to some northern and central areas.

“At this stage, there is considerable uncertainty regarding the movement and timing of this low, and consequently there is low confidence that severe gales [mainly southeasterly, but possibly turning southwest over the northern North Island] could affect parts of the North Island on Tuesday.”

Grace Prior
Grace Prior
Grace Prior is a senior reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age with a keen interest in environmental issues. Grace is the paper’s health reporter and regularly covers the rural sector, weather, Greater Wellington Regional Council, and coastal stories.

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