Spring weather to bring unsettled heavy rain and gales

NZ 02/09/2019

It may have been a beautiful, sunny start to September around the country - but don't expect for that to last as everyone is about to get a dose of heavy rain.

According to MetService, we should expect spring to show its "unsettled side" early this week, according to meteorologist Tom Adams. 

WeatherWatch reports that it will remain a mostly sunny Monday for the North Island and the South Island's east coast but people should expect the rain to start hitting the country by tomorrow.

By Wednesday, the heavy rain and gales will arrive on the North Island, while rain will spread south, and hang around till the end of the week.

The only region that will be spared from the downpour will be the West Coast, but not by much.

"The tropical air pulled down by the low will at least mean warm temperatures, but by the end of the week the winds switch southerly, and we are likely to see another top-up of snow in the mountains."

Such unsettled weather is "completely normal" for spring, says Tom Adams.

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