You may have seen the weather warnings that have been issued regarding the system that is approaching and is set to hit on Thursday 4th / Friday 5th January.
It’s still the holiday season, and many of our members are currently enjoying the Hauraki Gulf and beyond. Please ensure you take care during this time, and don’t take unnecessary risks.
If you’re not exploring NZ on the water, please ensure you check that your boat is secure. If you’re not in town, please contact a friend or relative and get them to check it for you.
Heavy rain and gale northeasterlies across northern and central New Zealand Thursday and Friday
A rapidly deepening low is forecast to approach New Zealand from the northwest today, then to lie the west of the North Island on Thursday while continuing to move southeastwards.
During Thursday, the low spreads a moist and strong northeast flow over northern and central New Zealand, delivering heavy rain and strong northeasterly winds to these areas.
The heaviest rain is expected in Northland, Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, Mount Taranaki, Marlborough, and Nelson. WARNINGS for heavy rain are now in force for these areas.
The strongest winds are expected across the upper North Island, from Taranaki to Bay of Plenty northwards, and a WARNING for severe gale northeasterlies is now in force for these areas. Note, the combination of strong winds and high tides could cause coastal inundation about eastern areas from Northland to Bay of Plenty including the Firth of Thames.
The low should cross central New Zealand on Friday bringing a period of gale westerlies to the North Island, and gale southeasterlies across the upper South Island. The low should then move away to the southeast of the country on Saturday.