Former Cyclone June to bring rain, wind

MICHAEL DALY
Last updated 09:02 20/01/2014
DOWNPOURS: Rain covers the top of the North Island in this MetService rain radar image from 9.13am.
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DOWNPOURS: Rain covers the top of the North Island in this MetService rain radar image from 9.13am.

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Heavy rain and high winds are set to hit parts of the country as the remnants of Tropical Cyclone June cross New Zealand.

Rain and drizzle was falling in Northland and parts of Auckland this morning, brought by a warm front ahead of the former storm.

The front had "lots of moisture, bringing down humid warm air full of rain", said MetService meteorologist Liz Walsh.

"It's going to be wet for a while."

The rain will be welcome news for farmers in large areas of the North Island which have been drying out rapidly.

Much of Northland, Auckland, Waikato, the Central Plateau, and the east coast of the lower North Island were as dry as they were at this time a year ago, when the country was heading into one of its worst droughts in a century.

The rain was expected to move south across the north of the North Island today, MetService said.

Tomorrow would bring possible heavy falls in Bay of Plenty, and across from Wairarapa and Wellington to Taranaki, while rain or drizzle is expected in many parts of the South Island.

Early this morning the deep low that was formerly Tropical Cyclone June was still 600 - 800km off Northland, and moving only slowly towards the country.

When the low moved onto the country tomorrow, strong winds were possible for four to five hours in Northland and Auckland.

"Possibly for Northland and Auckland the winds will be damaging," Walsh said. We're looking at gales in exposed places of 100kmh."

Some strong winds could also affect the Bay of Plenty and Coromandel.

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