Winter bids a wet farewell for some

02:10, Aug 31 2014
Wellington weather
FINE END TO WINTER: People make the most of the sunshine on Wellington's waterfront.

It is the last day of winter and the coldest season is going out with a dousing of heavy rain for the north.

While MetService has issued a severe weather warning for heavy rain in Northland this weekend, most of New Zealand south of Hamilton  is bidding farewell to winter with a largely fine day.

Strong to gale north-easterly winds are expected in Northland, with up to 180mm  of rain - enough to cause rivers to rise rapidly, with surface flooding possible in low lying areas.

Rain was expected to have peaked by this morning and thunder storms were possible.

Auckland is likely to have heavy falls with easterly winds gusting to 100kmh.

Hamilton, Taupo, New Plymouth, Masterton, and Napier are in for rain and easterlies.

However, the picture improves further south, with a largely fine days in Wellington, Palmerston North and most of the South Island, with the exception of Christchurch and Blenheim, which both have a chance of drizzle.

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