A week of wet weather
No sunshine until SundayPAUL GORMAN
The rainmaker has arrived, promising heavy falls for parts of Canterbury and Marlborough over the next two days and wet weather through to the weekend.
Don't expect to see the sun again until at the earliest Saturday or Sunday - that's the word from MetService.
''Your weather system has arrived,'' spokesman Dan Corbett said.
''That stubborn low that is just going to keep on spinning is in place now to the west of the country and that will just stay in place there for the next three to four days really.''
The onshore east to southeasterly flow around the southern side of the system would bring the rain, with the heaviest falls along the South Island's east coast tomorrow and into Wednesday.
MetService has issued a heavy-rain warning for Marlborough south of Ward down to the Rakaia River, predicting between 70 to 150 millimetres of rain about the foothills and ranges, and lesser quantities across the Canterbury Plains, from midnight tonight to midnight tomorrow.
Corbett said the current guidance was that while rain would continue for much of the week, it would not be as heavy as tomorrow's.
However, that situation could change.
''We have to watch the subtleties of the situation,'' he said. ''By Thursday, the upper weather feature will start to lose its oomph and the rain could start to thin out a bit, but the onshore flow will stay in place right through the week.''
By the weekend, a weakening area of low pressure covering the country was expected to continue the unsettled, cloudy and probably wet weather.
But there was a small chance of the sun poking through at the weekend, Corbett said.
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