NZ weather: Flooding, severe gales on their way in North Island

More wet weather is expected across the North Island, bringing risk of flooding. 

An area of low pressure is bringing heavy rain to the east and a strong wind to the southern half of the island, Weather Watch warns. 

The strongest south-east winds have been observed around the Cook Strait and towards Taranaki. These gusts will remain for another 24 to 36 hours. 

Hawke's Bay is expected to have a further 100mm of rain over the next 24 hours, after already being hammered by wet weather.

MetService has also issued a warning for Hawke's Bay, where severe gales are expected. 

Torrential downpours could lead to the rapid rise of river levels and flooding, Weather Watch says, and slips will remain a possibility over the next day or two.

It's a different story for most of the South Island, which will be enjoying mostly sunny days. Cold nights and frosts will give way to mild afternoons. 

Frosts look likely to fade out or become lighter next week in the South Island.


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