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Wet and gloomy: rain falls over most of the country

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Most of the country has woken up to a soggy morning and that rain will continue for most of the day.

July’s school holidays were a spur of the moment for most and today’s forecast is no better with rain falling on both the North and South Islands.

A rain watch has been set up for Westland and Buller due to heavy rain over the weekend which has caused severe flooding and mass evacuations and makes it even more difficult for those involved in cleaning up the devastated area.

MetService meteorologist Mmathapelo Makgabutlane said that while the expected amounts don’t normally warrant a watch by themselves, it was because of all the rain the area had already received in the past week.

Rain will clear up in the lower and western parts of the South Island later today, but rain will continue to fall in parts of the upper South Island such as Nelson and Marlborough and most of the North Island.

It continues to rain at Westport, which was flooded over the weekend, leaving many homes beyond repair.  Photo / George Heard
It continues to rain at Westport, which was flooded over the weekend, leaving many homes beyond repair. Photo / George Heard

This is due to a front slowly moving inland from the South Island and reaching the North Island later this afternoon bringing more rain and showers, Makgabutlane said.

“It’s a rainy and wet winter day.”

But despite the rain, temperatures are slightly warmer than normal for this time of year. Napier and Hastings are the hottest places with a maximum temperature of 19C, while Queenstown and Wanaka are the coldest with around 9C.

Snow also fell overnight on Lindis Pass, Crown Range Road and Milford Road and Porters Pass is expected to be dusted until 3pm today.

The weather also looks good for the weekend and it is expected to be nice and warm on Saturday before the wind starts to blow on Sunday.

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