Severe weather warnings for Northland, Canterbury

  • 21/05/2016

Strong wind and rain have made for an uncomfortable night for many across the country, and the situation isn't set to improve anytime soon.

Metservice has announced severe weather warnings for Northland, Banks Peninsula and the Port Hills Saturday and early Sunday.

Two low fronts are expected to bring severe southwest gales gusting 120km/h in Northland and over Banks Peninsula in Canterbury.

In Auckland, rain has grown heavier, with southwesterly gale gusts of up to 90km/h. 

Auckland and Banks Peninsula felt the brunt of the weather last night, but Metservice forecaster Tom Adams says the Bay of Plenty is next, as a low moves up the North Island today.

"We have a watch out for some heavy rain in the eastern ranges of Bay of Plenty from late this morning until this evening," he says.

"They could be local falls of 10-20mm per hour, that's as the low moves over. There's also a watch for some severe gales in Auckland."

Many areas saw more than 30mm of rain overnight.