Heavy rain hits Wellington region

WET AND WILD: Flooding in Porirua about 9:45am today.
WET AND WILD: Flooding in Porirua about 9:45am today.

The worst of the weather is over for Wellington after downpours caused surface flooding around the region. 

Porirua Fire Brigade station officer Clark Townsley said heavy rain hit Porirua this morning, it caused some flooding at the Titahi Bay Four Square.

There was ''severe surface flooding'' of about 300 millimetres on Titahi Bay Rd and in some car parks in Porirua.

But once the short-lived burst of rain stopped the flooding quickly disappeared, he said.

MetService had issued a severe weather watch for Wellington, and a weather warning - another grade up the warning scale - for nearby areas.

Wellington City Council spokesman Richard MacLean said there was surface flooding around Wellington and debris had been washed from storm water drains.

MetService meteorologist Dan Corbett said Kelburn had 7.6mm of rain in the hour to 9.45am, compared to one place in Tasman, at the top of the South Island, which recorded 39mm in the same period.

''Some of that is creeping across to us,'' he said.

Mr Corbett said the capital's weather would perk up as the weekend approached with fine spells and showers easing tomorrow with clearing, dry conditions by Friday expected to continue during the weekend.

Temperatures would ramp up for Wellington anniversary weekend with a high of 23 degrees Celsius expected for anniversary day on Monday.

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