Just a little rain from slow cyclone

Storm clouds from Wainui. Picture by Liam Clayton

After a week of the much-talked-about threat of Cyclone Oma, the reality is there will be some unsettled weather for the Gisborne-East Cape region over the next few days.

The dawdling Oma is running out of puff off the coast of Australia, but in the meantime another low to the south of New Zealand has sneaked into the picture.

Over the next few days a mix of rain, wind and cooler temperatures will sweep over the country, but MetService’s severe weather outlook says there is only a low probability of heavy rainfalls and gale-force winds for this area.

The forecast offers the arrival of some rain later today and rising southerly winds, easing by tomorrow morning.

On Sunday, MetService says an active trough should move northwards across central and northern New Zealand, bringing strong cold southerlies and showers.

There is low confidence of significant heavy rain from coastal North Canterbury to southern Gisborne.

Also on Sunday, there is low confidence of southerly gales becoming severe from the Kaikoura Coast to Taranaki and northeastwards to East Cape.

Later on Sunday and on Monday, a ridge of high pressure should move on to the country, the rain and wind will ease and more settled weather is expected.

After a week of the much-talked-about threat of Cyclone Oma, the reality is there will be some unsettled weather for the Gisborne-East Cape region over the next few days.

The dawdling Oma is running out of puff off the coast of Australia, but in the meantime another low to the south of New Zealand has sneaked into the picture.

Over the next few days a mix of rain, wind and cooler temperatures will sweep over the country, but MetService’s severe weather outlook says there is only a low probability of heavy rainfalls and gale-force winds for this area.

The forecast offers the arrival of some rain later today and rising southerly winds, easing by tomorrow morning.

On Sunday, MetService says an active trough should move northwards across central and northern New Zealand, bringing strong cold southerlies and showers.

There is low confidence of significant heavy rain from coastal North Canterbury to southern Gisborne.

Also on Sunday, there is low confidence of southerly gales becoming severe from the Kaikoura Coast to Taranaki and northeastwards to East Cape.

Later on Sunday and on Monday, a ridge of high pressure should move on to the country, the rain and wind will ease and more settled weather is expected.

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