Rain expected to ease

Police are watching for bad driving behaviour near schools as children return for the start of third term.

Acting Senior Sergeant Mike Yates said the pouring rain and bad visibility was another reason police were paying special attention to motorists this morning.

Police would be enforcing a 4kmh tolerance around schools and would saturate the roads when children were travelling to and from school.

Mr Yates warned parents not to park on yellow lines as they would be ticketed.

‘‘It’s only rain, it won’t kill you, they can walk 10 metres,’’ he said.

Cars parked on yellow lines cut down visibility, which was already poor because of the rain.

Mr Yates warned the poor weather had caused surface flooding and the roads were greasy.

He also warned motorists to watch out for an influx of young cyclists on the roads.

Officers from traffic, general duties and community policing stations would all take part in the operation.

There were no reported crashes this morning, but that could change if people did not take care, he said.

MetService meteorologoist Daniel Corbett said the wild weather afflicting the central North Island was slowly getting better.

‘‘This last little wiggle in the front, this last little area of moisture is easing its way through.’’

Rain would become patchy in later parts of today, and the much of the persistent rain would have cleared away by this evening, Mr Corbett said. 

‘‘It’s better news after that because high pressure comes in and that leads us to high, dry, more settled conditions over the next few days.’’ 

‘‘It’s just been a really slow moving weather front, and instead of going striaght acorss it wiggles and it waves so its been stubborn and slow to clear.’’

Manawatu Standard