KATHRYN GEORGE / Stuff
The heaviest rain would be seen in the three heavy rain watch areas, with rain expected to hit Northland until around 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to MetService.
Breathe when the rain stops, as there is now a larger system in its path, with already northern regions first in the eye of a storm.
Heavy rain watches are in place until 8 a.m. Wednesday in Northland, Mount Taranaki and the Bay of Plenty east of Ōpōtiki, but MetService meteorologist Dan Corrigan said the worst is over .
A “decent dose” of between 55 and 70 millimeters of rain had fallen east of Ōpōtiki and Hicks Bay since Tuesday afternoon, while Northland had seen up to 46 mm of rain in the 24 hours at 6 morning hours – recorded in Parapara northeast of Kaitaia.
The majority of Northland and Auckland have seen between 30mm and 45mm of rain in the past 24 hours.
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The rain is decreasing a little but it should return as the week progresses.
Corrigan said the front would continue to drag and bring torrential rain to the Far North districts on Wednesday today before ‘wrapping’ around a new building system in the northern Tasman Sea .
It would move through Northland, the western parts of the North Island from Auckland to Taranaki, and Buller on the west coast on Thursday, before sweeping all of Aotearoa on Friday.
“Friday is shaping up to be a rainy day for everyone – it’s going to be wet everywhere.”
MetService warned that high winds and rain were on the way for many areas Thursday and Friday, and Corrigan said more severe weather watches or warnings could be issued Wednesday morning.
Its extreme weather outlook shows how widespread the storm could be.
“Our severe weather team will be looking into this today – it’s definitely something we’re watching closely.”
Corrigan said once the minimum is established, temperatures will drop.
This meant there was also a chance of heavy snow in the South Island High Country over the weekend, particularly on the higher roads and passes.
The east coast of the South Island could be the place to be for the next few days, with most of the rain in the south likely to be more persistent on the west coast.
Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula could also escape the worst of the rain on Friday, with heavy falls more likely in Northland.
Bay of Plenty, Far North Gisborne, South Waikato, Waitomo, Taumarunui, West Taupō, Tongariro National Park, North Taranaki and North West Tasman are areas likely to be affected by heavy rains.
It’s also possible, but less likely in the rest of Tasman, including Nelson, north-west Marlborough and Wellington on Friday.
Rain could be heavy on Friday and Saturday in Horowhenua, the Kāpiti Coast and the Tararua Range, as well as Westland and Buller, including the Southern Alps.
Strong northwesterly gales are possible for exposed parts of Wellington, Horowhenua, Kāpiti Coast, Wairarapa and Hawke’s Bay south of Hastings on Friday and Saturday and even exposed parts of Taranaki, Taihape and Bay of Plenty to the north .