NZ weather: Flooding in parts of Wellington as torrential downpour batters city

Parts of Wellington flooded on Monday.
Parts of Wellington flooded on Monday. Photo credit: Newshub / MetService

Wellington has been battered by wild weather on Monday with torrential rain causing flooding in some parts of the city. 

Wellington City Council said drains in the suburb of Seatoun couldn't cope with a mix of rain and high tide earlier on Monday morning. 

They are urging drivers to stay safe as manholes on the roads are 'dancing' from water coming out. 

A car park in Lower Hutt flooded on Monday morning, with photos showing many of the vehicles in it submerged in water - some up to their windscreen.

Flooding in Lower Hutt car park.
Flooding in Lower Hutt car park. Photo credit: Newshub.

MetService says Kelburn and Wellington Airport saw the equivalent of their entire average monthly rainfall for December fall in just 14 hours on Monday.

Kelburn had 85.8mm of rain, and Wellington Airport 72.9mm between 12am and 2pm on Monday, while they would normally have 83.2mm and 64.7mm for the entire month respectively.

A photo posted to Facebook shows significant flooding on Paekakariki Hill, and there have been reports of floodwaters entering buildings in the suburbs of Newlands, Karori, Tawa and Seatoun. 

Kapiti District Council says there's no immediate risk to people in the area from flooding but they're preparing in case evacuations are needed.

Maungakotukutuku Rd in Kapiti is cut off.

The heavy rain is expected to continue to fall throughout the day in Wellington, Kāpiti, Horowhenua, and in parts of Taranaki due to a slow-moving low, which has moved across the lower North Island.