Weather: heavy rain warning for Auckland, severe weather warning for Northland

A heavy rain watch has been issued for parts of Auckland as residents further north face a severe weather warning.

Those in the eastern parts of the city – and north of Orewa as well as Great Barrier Island – are being affected by heavy rain which is in place from 7pm tonight until 1pm tomorrow.

“Periods of rain, with showers and localized thunderstorms possible,” says MetService.

“Rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria.”

The watch is also affecting the Coromandel Peninsula and the Bay of Plenty west of Tauranga, where heavy rain watch is in place for 24 hours between 7pm tonight and 7pm tomorrow.

Other parts of Auckland are also experiencing a gloomy day, with gusty easterly winds expected throughout the day.

These winds are expected to be strong, particularly in exposed areas this morning.

A maximum temperature of 21°C is predicted for the City of Sails and a minimum temperature of 17°C. Just before 8am, MetService said it was around 15°C in Auckland, however.

Strong winds and a high tide are causing waves to crash over the sea wall at Mairangi Bay in Auckland this morning.  Photos / Dean Purcell
Strong winds and a high tide are causing waves to crash over the sea wall at Mairangi Bay in Auckland this morning. Photos / Dean Purcell

Heavy rain warning for Northland

MetService issued a heavy rain warning for Northland last night and is in effect from midnight last night until midnight tonight.

Residents are told to expect between 120mm and 160mm of rain in the north and east. Those in the west can expect to get between 80mm and 100mm.

Mairangi Bay walkers faced high winds today.
Mairangi Bay walkers faced high winds today.

“Peak rates of 15mm/hr to 25mm/hr, but 25mm to 40mm/hr possible during localized thundershowers, particularly in the north and east,” the warning reads.

“Please note that heavy rain is expected to subside in the west for some time around midday.”

Residents of the area are advised to keep up to date with weather updates throughout the day following the warning.

Occasional rains are expected to spread south this morning and afternoon and will affect Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Waitomo, Taumarunui and Taupō.

Those vacationing in Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay over the Easter holidays can expect a mostly cloudy day with a few showers.

Gisborne should see a cloudy day and a few showers – most likely this morning and later this evening. A high of 18C is expected and a nighttime low of 14C.

Wellington is looking to have a nice day with light winds and a high temperature of 19°C.

Sunny in the south

Residents of Wairarapa and all of the South Island except Fiordland can expect patches of cloud to break in the morning and the day to turn fair. Fiordland expects some showers, however.

It’s all sunny in Christchurch. However, northeast winds are expected and a high of 17C is predicted.

Those in Dunedin can expect the same conditions.