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Enough rain to ruin the Santa Parade

Kim Westcott, Sunday November 25, 2018 - 13:32 AEDT

After a busy weather week for Australia - with intense heat, storms, dust, snow and howling winds; it is now New Zealand's turn.

The complex low which was partly responsible for the wild weather experience in Australia has slowly drifted across the Tasman Sea over the past few days. Residents of the Wairarpapa and Tararua districts as well as parts of the Marlborough have been told to expect heavy rain this afternoon and evening. Up to 180mm is forecast to fall around the Kaikoura Ranges and around 160mm for the Tararua Ranges. There is a Heavy Rain watch for Auckland, the Coromandel, Nelson, Canterbury and North Otago.

Rain and the threat of thunderstorms have lead to the postponing of the long-standing annual Santa Parade in Auckland today, which has been running since 1934.

Even the dust which got picked up from Lake Eyre last week has appeared over the far north of the North Island, leading to the chance of some beautiful sunsets.

This complex low will linger for several days, with bands of heavy rain and storms allowing most places to pick up 20-40mm by midweek. The driest places to be over the next few days will be southern parts of the South Island.

- Weatherzone

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