Civil Defence, MetService warn Auckland to brace for more severe weather
Aucklanders are being warned to expect more severe weather over the coming days.
Thursday saw quieter weather across the city following floods earlier in the week, but further heavy bursts of rain are expected between Friday and Sunday, MetService said.
Localised downpours are possible anywhere in the region - with the highest risk times expected to be before dawn on Friday, and again on Friday night and into Saturday morning.
"While we've had a good, dry reprieve today, the weather on Friday night and Saturday morning is forecast to be comparable to, or worse, than Tuesday," said Georgina Griffiths of MetService.
* Northland residents warned of floods as torrential rain, thunderstorms continue
* Expect the unexpected as weather wreaks havoc across the top of the North Island
* Clevedon hit hard by torrential flooding
* Hunua farmer loses cattle and fencing as swollen river sweeps through property
The main concern was if downpours occured in already soaked areas, such as Waiheke Island, Clevedon Valley, and the Hunua Ranges.
Auckland Civil Defence emergency operations manager Aaron Davis was urging people to stay indoors.
"At this stage it is hard to be certain about which areas of the region are likely to be hit with the most rain, but you should consider your plans for the weekend, especially if you are likely to be driving," he said.
Aucklanders should check their drains and gutters before the wild weather hits again, he said.
Those on rural properties should consider whether livestock should be moved before the weekend.
Debris and flooding was expected to affect various local roads, and people were urged to drive with extreme care and avoid floodwaters.
Three regional Auckland parks have been closed due to heavy flooding: Tapapakanga Regional Park, Hunua Ranges Regional Park, and Waitawa Regional Park.
There is no public access allowed at these parks until further notice.
Waharau Regional Park is also partially affected, with opening hours reduced to what they would usually be during winter.