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Rain expected to ease tomorrow

The Central App

Alexia Anderson

01 July 2024, 5:28 AM

Rain expected to ease tomorrowRain is expected to continue into tonight across parts of Central. PHOTO: The Central App

Rain gauges are filling up across Central following persistent downpours throughout much of today.

MetService meteorologist Mmathapelo Makgabutlane said about 20mm to 30mm of rain had been recorded around the district over the past 24 hours.

Among those areas to have received a substantial amount was Omakau, which has recorded about 26mm of rain since 5am today, July 1.

The last notable rainfall across Central was last month between June 15 and 16 where Omakau had 47mm of rain, Roxburgh had 40mm and Alexandra had 23mm.

The southern lakes area has also received a substantial amount over the past 24 hours, with upwards of 40mm in some places, she said.

Cameron Flat, near the Makarora River has had about 48mm, along with some snow, while Wānaka has recorded about 41 mm.

Mmathapelo said wet weather was expected for the rest of today and into tomorrow. 

“Tomorrow it will be more showery than rainy, with more dry gaps between the showers as the afternoon comes along.”

She said snow was also still a possibility for the rest of today on elevated roads and passes, with road snowfall warnings for the Crown Range Rd and Lindis Pass, which were valid until the early hours of Tuesday. 

“These will be reassessed later this evening if any updated to end times might be needed.”

She said once this weather passes, more settled weather was on the way from Wednesday. 

However, temperatures will be the thing to watch as minimum temperatures dip back down into the negatives, especially on Thursday and Friday mornings, while daytime temperatures remain in the mid-single digits.

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