Wellingtonians will awake to some wet and wild weather tomorrow as the deep sub-tropical low hitting the upper North Island overnight.
WeatherWatch head analyst Philip Duncan said the storm system expected to drench Northland, the Coromandel Peninsula, and Gisborne this morning would slow down before hitting Wairarapa and Wellington much later tonight and through tomorrow when Kapiti and Horowhenua will bear the brunt of the wind and rain.
Mr Duncan said the system had the potential to reach hurricane force, but that would depend on how wind directions tracked over the next 24 hours.
Air New Zealand said the forecast for the upper North Island this afternoon may disrupt air services today.
MetService meteorologist Dan Corbett warned rivers and streams could rise rapidly, and slips and localised surface flooding was likely.
‘‘Then the band sweeps south, and by tomorrow its sweeping all the way south by tomorrow evening to Canterbury,’’ he said.
‘‘It will have lost some of its oomph, but it's still going to have an area of very strong winds, and the strong winds spread across a good part of the country, so there are wind watches for most of the North Island.’’
The intense low will gradually weaken on Thursday as the area of heavy rain lies across eastern parts of the South Island.
By the end of the week, the low will have departed - but disturbed westerlies are likely to take its place.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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