Latest: Gabrielle approaches NZ, high pressure in the south (+23 Maps) | WeatherWatch

The effects of Cyclone Gabrielle will be felt across much of the North Island today, especially later in the day as the fringes of the storm system draw in. Things are looking different in the south, however, thanks to a persistent high pressure ridge allowing many regions to face a mostly nice and sunny Sunday.

Northland, Auckland and Coromandel will bear the brunt of the bad weather today as strong easterly winds turn at times to hurricane force and periods of heavy rain set in, particularly in the east. Fresh gusty easterly winds are expected to develop throughout the day over the rest of the North Island, with rain, which is inherently more patchy, developing in the central regions and east coast. In the West; Taranaki, Whanganui, Kapiti and Wellington should all remain mostly fine with increasingly high cloud and temperatures hovering in the 20s.

A mostly overcast day for the Tasman District, drizzle in Marlborough and fresh, gusty northeast winds along the east coast are the only real blows to the South Island’s Sunday weather, with the vast majority of regions in line for a mostly sunny and calm day ahead. However, a few scattered showers may occur in inland Otago and Southland this afternoon. Comfortable temperatures for most, especially inland, between 18 and 23 degrees.

We have another Cyclone Gabrielle video update this afternoon with the latest recordings and we explain what it means to go from tropical cyclone to extratropical.

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General guide with rainfall in the 24 hours from Monday 6am to Tuesday 6am. This does not take into account rain falling today or after 6am Tuesday. Please stay up to date with MetService rain alerts.
Warning card from Sunday 7 a.m. – Click here to view the LIVE map
Warning card from Sunday 7 a.m. – Click here to view the LIVE map
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