Storm to bring new snow dumps, gales to South Island later in week

A rain map for midnight on Thursday, July 20, from MetService, showing the weather system that's forecast to hit the country.
METSERVICE

A rain map for midnight on Thursday, July 20, from MetService, showing the weather system that's forecast to hit the country.

Batten down the hatches - rain, gales and snow are due to hit the country later in the week.

MetService is forecasting rain on Thursday for all the North Island, with heaviest falls in eastern Bay of Plenty, and most of the South Island.

By Friday the forecast has southeast gales, heavy rain and heavy snow for the eastern South Island. Snow could fall to 400 metres in Canterbury and Southland, and to 300m in Otago.

RNZ

NIWA meterologist Chris Brandolino says another winter storm is heading for New Zealand.

It's still some way away, but for now the MetService forecast is showing gale southerlies in Wellington and Wairarapa on Saturday, and strong southerlies in many other areas.

READ MORE:
More severe weather, travel disruptions expected in South Island 
* Top tips to prepare for the storm
Jetstar flight diverted after 2 hours of circling

"Make the most of Tuesday and Wednesday," MetService meteorologist Angus Hines said.

Snow is expected to fairly low areas in parts of the South Island later this week, as the wind turns to the south. But ...
IAIN MCGREGOR/STUFF

Snow is expected to fairly low areas in parts of the South Island later this week, as the wind turns to the south. But conditions aren't expected to get as bad as they did during last week's winter storm.

That seems to be good advice for much of the country, but some rain is possible for part of Tuesday for the area from Waikato and the Bay of Plenty north. Most of the rest of the North Island could also have a risk of some morning showers or rain, but they should be gone by lunchtime.

A few isolated morning showers are also possible in coastal Marlborough and Canterbury, while the rest of the South Island is expected to be mainly fine, although with a chance of some morning fog.

Wednesday also isn't flash for everyone, with areas south of Auckland and north of Taihape expected to have showers, while rain is expected to develop in the north and west of the South Island. Apart from those areas, MetService is expecting mostly fine weather.

Auckland is forecast to have a few showers turning to afternoon rain with a 16C high on Tuesday. Wednesday looks better with minimal chance of showers and a 17C high. On Thursday the rain could be heavy, then there's a chance of showers on Friday and Saturday.

Ad Feedback

Wellington is looking at a mostly fine Tuesday with an 11C high and dying southerlies. Wednesday is forecast to be fine with strengthening northerlies and 13C.

That northerly could rise to gale strength on Thursday with occasional rain. While the northerlies die out on Friday, southerly gales and showers are on the cards for Saturday.

Christchurch is expected to have some morning cloud then a fine Tuesday and 11C, then a fine Wednesday with 13C. Rain develops later on Thursday and northerlies turn southerly overnight. On Friday the rain could be heavy and the southerlies are expected to be strong.

 - Stuff

Ad Feedback
special offers
Auckland

Meet Labour's new MP

Labour candidate for New Lynn Deborah Russell is off to Parliament.

Deborah Russell won the New Lynn seat for Labour after moving to Auckland to run for Parliament.

Kids cling to capsized boat

Hokianga Rescue pulled three people from the waters of Hokianga Harbour, near Panguru, on Sunday evening.

Mother and two children, aged 4 and 6, rescued from harbour after boat overturns.

Man benefits from weight loss

Raymond Kelly-Steed, with his wife Kyla, has managed to lose 17kg in two months to enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

The Green Prescription programme helped Raymond Kelly-Steed get rid of diabetes with diet and exercise advice.

SH1 blocked after truck overturns

State Highway 1 is closed in both directions after a crash (file photo).

Crash in Kaitaia sees main highway completely blocked in both directions.

Wellington

Welly nominations open

Nominations for the 2017 Wellingtonian of the Year Awards open today.

Dominion Post Wellingtonian of the Year Awards nominations are now open.

Cycleway solution? video

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester believes his compromise is "common sense" solution for the layout of The Parade.

Wellington now plans to spend $4.1m on new solution to solve Island Bay debacle.

Police tracking escapee's bracelet

A man has escaped his probation officer in Wellington and is now on the run from police.

Man on run from Wellington Police being tracked every step of the way by electronic anklet.

Mussels linked to disease outbreak

Two of the four people who are unwell have eaten mussels gathered on Napier's foreshore.

Four people are sick, and two of them ate mussels gathered at Ahuriri.

Canterbury

Severe gales, lightning

Ten thousand lightning strikes were recorded in two hours on Monday morning.

Winds topple truck, storms bring over 26,000 lightning strikes, while heavy rain hits parts of NZ.

Tree falls on car

A woman has been seriously injured after a tree fell on a car in Canterbury. (File photo)

A woman is seriously injured after a tree fell on her car in Canterbury.

Whitebaiter's 'tragic accident'

Helen Wood died at Kairaki Beach, in North Canterbury, on Friday night. The beach is popular with fishers and ...

Family of woman killed when her car ended up in the ocean say she died "doing what she loved".

Chch's Marshland Rd blocked

A crash between two trucks has closed Marshland Rd to southbound traffic on Monday morning. (File photo)

A collision between two trucks has blocked southbound traffic.

Waikato

Preparing for peak kitten

Waikato SPCA expects to help at least 3000 animals this calendar year, many of them kittens.

Breeding season is getting longer and this year is expected to be the busiest yet.

Person swept off rocks

The fisher has been swept off the rocks at Papanui Point not far from Ruapuke Beach, south of Raglan.

Emergency services are searching for person who fell into the water at Ruapuke, near Raglan.

Man struck by tree dies

The man was out chainsawing trees when one fell and struck him. He died at the scene.

Man chainsawing on a rural Coromandel property has died after a tree fell on him.

Profit falls, revenue rises - Fonterra

CEO Theo Spierings says Fonterra's strategic direction has set the foundation for a solid performance.

Dairy farmers will be smiling as Fonterra is set to put more cash into their hands.

Taranaki

Memory walk for dementia

24092017 News GRANT MATTHEW/STUFF

A memory walk for Alzheimer's disease travelled along the coastal walkway in New ...

More than 200 people went on a memory walk for Alzheimer's Disease in New Plymouth on Sunday.

Country's coming

Lynn Crawford-Putt, Annie Crawford, Patty Flynn and Colleen Hall are all working on a country music festival that is ...

Taranaki's first big outdoor country music festival will arrive on Waitangi weekend.

Gentlemen's ride for charity video

24092017 News GRANT MATTHEW/STUFF

The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride organiser Jason Corcoran on Sunday.

More than 40 distinguished gentlemen (and ladies) rode their bikes to raise money for charity.

SAR help walkers

Four walkers were rescued off Mt Taranaki's Upper Dive Lake Track after facing thigh-deep snow.

Four people were helped off Mt Taranaki after encountering thigh-deep snow.

Manawatu

Orchestrating exotic orchid blooms

Orchid grower and breeder Allan Rae with some of his 2000-odd cymbidiums.

The annual Manawatū orchid show is ready to bloom.

The election awards

Palmerston North MP Iain Lees-Galloway was the big winner in Manawatū on election night.

OPINION: The election results are in, but who were the real winners in Manawatū?

Lido gym takes over ATP site

Community Leisure Management coordinator Sheree McLean and manager Lynden Noakes are excited by the acquisition of the ...

New facility for Lido gym provides more space for high-intensity workouts.

Waitarere lifeguard wins big

Nathan Berry, from the Waitarere surf club, won New Zealand lifeguard of the year.

Horowhenua man named New Zealand surf lifeguard of the year.

Nelson

A life-changing loss for all

15092017 NEWS PHOTO BRADEN FASTIER / NELSON MAIL
Margaret Lacy holds a picture of her late husband Peter Lacy who had ...

Dementia affects tens of thousands of Kiwis, eventually taking everything from them.

Wet spring for region

It's been a wet September in the Nelson/Tasman region, with higher than average rainfall.

Spring starts out on the wrong foot in Nelson but it's not all bad news.

Food with a view

Chef Prateek Rawat from the Slip Inn cafe in Havelock.

Havelock's Slip Inn serves up a waterfront view with plenty of entertainment from the nearby boat ramp.

Truck rolls on Lewis Pass

A truck and trailer has rolled on State Highway 7, north of Hanmer Springs, blocking one lane. (File photo)

A truck and trailer has rolled, blocking one lane of the highway.

Marlborough

Love is wild

Rebecca Stoner, a florist at Forget Me Not, left, and Jessica Bunting, designer at Betty and Co, work on one of their al ...

It can be pretty wild trying to organise a wedding, especially these days.

Looking to the future

National's Stuart Smith, centre, celebrates with his family, from left, Hugo Smith, Fenella Smith, Julie Smith and Louis ...

As results are revealed, what's next for the winners and losers?

Librarian appeals apology order

Former Rai Valley Area School librarian Faye Leov in 2010 after receiving an apology from the school board for her ...

A former school librarian behind a defamatory letter claiming her former boss was a bully is to appeal a judge's decision to make her apologise.

Care switch 'upsetting'

Pamela Duffy has built up a close relationship with her carers, who will no longer be visiting her at home after the ...

For the past two years, she has built up a relationship with her carers. Next week, she may never see them again.

South Canterbury

Call for model plane size limits

South Canterbury Model Aero Club vice-president Robbie Hellewell launches his Parkzone Visionair AS3X aircraft into the ...

Safety concerns prompt SC Aero Club to call for more rules around model aeroplanes.

High winds, power out

A power pole was on fire on Ealing Montalto Rd on Monday morning. MetService meteorologist John Law said inland South ...

Motorists warned to take care as South Canterbury hit by high winds, heavy rain.

Hotel granted consent

Plans for the hotel on Lakeside Drive, in Tekapo.

New luxury Tekapo hotel a step closer after being granted resource consent.

Hospital Radio honours region

Hospital Radio announcer Ron Parmenter broadcasts live in the studio on Sunday

Timaru's Hospital Radio to play only South Canterbury music on anniversary day.

Otago

Two MPs for Clutha-Southland

Clutha-Southland New Zealand First candidate Mark Patterson watches his leader Winston Peters, give his coalition speech ...

Clutha-Southland has a new New Zealand First MP, Lawrence farmer Mark Patterson.

Revealing ancient and heavenly stories at Cardrona

Cardrona astronomy guide Alex Thom peers through Cardrona's new telescope.

Cardrona Alpine Resort is reaching for the skies with its new visitor attraction.

Flames beat back rescuers

The fire was in one unit in a block of four.

Neighbours reportedly tried to rescue the occupant of a Dunedin flat where a person died overnight.

Woman rescued, police thank app

A Christchurch woman was found on Ben Lomond, near Queenstown, about 12am on Friday.

A Christchurch woman was rescued from a Queenstown mountain after her husband tracked her location through a phone app.

Southland

And then there were four

Mark Patterson: secure at 7th.

Southland will have four MPs. How much influence is that?

South's election night

It was all smiles for Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie, pictured here with her husband Mark Billcliff.

Invercargill will have two MPs in Parliament, Labour's Liz Craig and National's Sarah Dowie.

Dangers of drinking while pregnant highlighted

Drinking while pregnant affects the health of the unborn baby.

A campaign is bering launched to stop southern women from drinking alcohol while pregnant.

Rural firefighters training 

Rural firefighters David Saathof and Kevin Carter fight a scrub fire during an officer training course at Sandy Point in ...

Rural firefighters from crews in Otago and Southland were taking the next step at an officer training course.

Ad Feedback