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Auckland can expect wet, blustery morning as rain band moves across NZ

MetService National weather: May 26th - 29th

MetService National weather: May 26th - 29th

Auckland can expect a wet, blustery morning as a band of rain moves over New Zealand, soaking everything in its path.

Aucklanders awoke to heavy rain in the city, with motorists warned to prepare for hazardous driving conditions as strong winds, heavy rain and thunderstorms are forecast for the city.

MetService meteorologist Luis Fernandes told the Herald the Harbour Bridge saw gusts of up to 80km/h in the early hours of the morning, and the rest of Auckland should batten down the hatches as the wild weather continues.

"For the rest of the morning, the next few hours at least Auckland is going to stay very wet with persistent, continuous rain - there's going to be no point today when we can say 'oh it's clearing up'."

Risk of downpours 🌧

Parts of Northland have seen hourly accumulations of rain between 20-40mm this morning.

The intense rain is moving southwards.

Heavy Rain and Strong Wind severe weather forecasts are currently being updated.

All details here: https://t.co/qHyE5zhh6X pic.twitter.com/cv0SNkH7Wk

— MetService (@MetService) May 29, 2022

Fernandes says overnight some exposed areas in Northland had wind gusts over 100km/h, and just under 60mm of rain fell in Kerikeri in the hours from midday yesterday.

MetService says a severe weather warning is in place from 6pm last night through to 9am today.

Risk of downpours 🌧

Parts of Northland have seen hourly accumulations of rain between 20-40mm this morning.

The intense rain is moving southwards.

Heavy Rain and Strong Wind severe weather forecasts are currently being updated.

All details here: https://t.co/qHyE5zhh6X pic.twitter.com/cv0SNkH7Wk

— MetService (@MetService) May 29, 2022

A heavy burst of rain hit Auckland soon after 5.30am today, causing surface flooding in some CBD streets.

Wet & windy up north to start off the workweek with good rain already having fallen overnight. Thunderstorms are possible for the rest of the day for the upper North Island while Bay of Plenty remains under an Orange Heavy Rain Warning - details at https://t.co/qHyE5zzql5 pic.twitter.com/Y5uNaZ5R65

— MetService (@MetService) May 29, 2022

"We are expecting heavy rain from [Monday] morning to around 3pm tomorrow afternoon, with that there could be some thunderstorms and localised downpours also," MetService said.

"Behind that front, the rain turns to showers but they could still be pretty sharp. There is a watch for strong wind from tonight until tomorrow morning."


Due to a crash, the right southbound lane adjacent to the #SH1 Tristram Ave on-ramp is blocked. Pass the scene with care and be prepared for some delays. ^MF pic.twitter.com/fOoJ54N8jR

— Waka Kotahi NZTA Auckland & Northland (@WakaKotahiAkNth) May 29, 2022

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport agency said that winds of up to 85km/h could see lanes on the Auckland Harbour Bridge required to close.

Maintenance crews are ready to close lanes if wind gusts exceed the safe use thresholds.

Due to bad weather, the following Gulf Harbour ferry services have been replaced by bus.
Monday 30 May 2022:
Gulf Harbour - Auckland 830am
Gulf Harbour - Auckland 1130am
Auckland - Gulf Harbour 1030am
^WC pic.twitter.com/gPXkJwKISU

— Auckland Transport Travel Alerts (@AT_TravelAlerts) May 29, 2022

Motorcyclists and drivers in high-sided vehicles should avoid the Harbour Bridge and use the Western Ring on State Highways 16 and 18.

Earlier, heavy rain warnings were issued for other parts of the country including the Far North and Gisborne.

- Additional reporting: RNZ