Rainy weekend weather: rain forecast for most of New Zealand, warnings in place
National MetService Weather: May 28-30. Video / MetService
New Zealanders across the country are expected to pack a jacket and rain jacket this weekend as heavy rains are expected to hit the country this weekend.
MetService has issued heavy rain warnings for Taranaki, north of the mountain and east of Bay of Plenty.
Squally thunderstorms will also rage on the west coast of North Taranaki Island in Waikato, Auckland, Bay of Plenty Coromandel and Northland.
“Western regions will begin to see [rain] overnight and into the wee hours of the morning and then throughout the morning the front will spread east across the country, ”said a spokesperson for MetService.
Going down the country, a heavy rain warning is also in place for Nelson west of Motueka.
The Cantabres are bracing for a weekend of wild weather as the heaviest rainfall in 10 years is expected to fall in the region.
MetService predicts that around 150mm of rain will fall in Canterbury on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
NZTA Senior Director of Maintenance and Operations Wayne Oldfield said the downpour had the potential to cause widespread flooding, land instability and for some rivers to break flood banks.
“People should plan ahead by checking the forecast before leaving and keeping an eye on our website and social media for updates and road closures,” Oldfield said.
While northern Canterbury and the Kaikōura coast are expected to be particularly affected, other parts of the country should also expect wet and windy conditions.
Tim Drennan of Christchurch City Council said pumps would be on hold in parts of Bromley, New Brighton and the Flockton area.
“It will be a rainy day for most people,” said a spokesperson for MetService.
As they move towards the center of the North Island, the residents of Taupō can expect a rainy day.
Wellington and the Wairarapa can expect rain.
The best place in the country for tomorrow is Fiordland, where no rain is forecast.
Looking further into the weekend, rainy weather is still expected for much of the country, especially in the eastern regions.
However, with the rain comes a little warmer air, so no need for woolens.
A strong wind watch is in place for Buller, Westland and north of Hokitika from 1pm to 9pm Saturday.
Metservice predicts that southeast winds could approach strong gales in exposed locations.