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HomeAus & NZHeavy rain warning for Northland, heavy rain and wind watches elsewhere

Heavy rain warning for Northland, heavy rain and wind watches elsewhere

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A swathe of weather warnings are in force for the top of New Zealand as northern regions brace for torrential rain, gales and huge seas, with some parts at risk of flooding.

Skies are darkening and the wind ramping up as the first tropically charged storm of 2023 bears down on the top half of the North Island.

The Summer Haze concert Matakana in north Auckland, scheduled for tomorrow, has been cancelled due to the stormy weather forecast.

Organisers said they cancelled the day-long festival because the safety of crew and attendees could not be gauranteed.

Those tenting in holiday hotspots are being warned to be extra prepared for heavy rain and windy weather that is expected to kick in later tonight and, for some areas, hang around until the weekend.

A heavy rain warning has been issued for Northland from 1am Wednesday, as the subtropical low edges closer by the hour.

A heavy rain watch is in place for Bay of Plenty Thursday 3am to Friday 6am, and for Nelson from midnight Thursday for 24 hours.

A heavy rain watch for Auckland and Great Barrier from 9am tomorrow to Thursday 9am.

Updated Warnings and Watches

Strong northeasterly winds move down the country bringing heavy rain along with them

Eastern coastlines from Northland to the Coromandel can also expect heavy swells, not easing until Fridayhttps://t.co/qHyE5zzql5https://t.co/y7sa5Ofj1O pic.twitter.com/U1NCO3CWqv

In Northland the rain is expected to arrive overnight and fall for 30 hours non-stop.

Meanwhile, a strong wind watch has also been issued for Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Coromandel, Great Barrier Is, Northland, Taihape, Taranaki, Taumarunui, Taupo, Waikato and Waitomo.

A gale warning is in place for Auckland’s Waitematā Harbour as winds rise to 75km/h today, worsening to 85km/h west of Waiheke Island on Wednesday afternoon.

They said one international Jetstar flight from Gold Coast was diverted to Christchurch, but had now landed in

A swathe of weather warnings are in force for the top of New Zealand as northern regions brace for torrential rain, gales and huge seas, with some parts at risk of flooding. The Summer Haze concert Matakana in north Auckland, scheduled for tomorrow, has been cancelled due to the stormy weather forecast. A heavy rain warning has been issued for Northland from 1am Wednesday, as the subtropical low edges closer by the hour.

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