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Wellington hit by deluge as front moves north

Heavy rain has hammered the capital this morning, prompting dozens of flooding-related calls to the city council.

Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

The council says there have been reports of manholes being lifted up from the pressure, and water entering the basements of properties in the CBD.

An underpass at the Wellington Railway Station is also flooded. There are no disruptions to bus and train timetables.

Wellington had received 12.2mm of rain within two hours this morning, according to MetService. Nelson was hit with 25mm within 6 hours.

Commonsense Organics in Kilbirnie said they are temporarily closed as the shop roof has collapsed due to the rain and building work.

MetService says the active front that swept up the South Island yesterday bringing heavy rain will continue to move across the North Island today. The front is expected to bring rain to most of New Zealand, including drought-hit regions.

MetService Meteorologist Peter Little said: “This front should stay more active, which means parts of central and northern New Zealand that have been very dry this year will finally get some rain.

“While this rain will be welcomed by farmers and gardeners in these dry regions, it won’t be enough to make up for the short-fall this year.”

The front is expected to move northeastwards across the North Island today through to early Saturday morning, bringing bursts of heavy rain. The heaviest falls are expected in eastern Bay of Plenty and Gisborne north of the city and a warning is in force.

On Sunday a ridge of high pressure should briefly bring more settled weather.

On Monday, however, a moist north-to-northeast flow will bring rain to the west of the South Island, continuing into Tuesday.

Although sunshine is expected to return this weekend, it will likely be intermittent.

“While a few places may have a dry weekend, there will be a scattering of showers across the country. Check your forecast, as you may need an umbrella or coat handy if you’re heading out and about,” Mr Little said.