More wet weather forecast as the clean-up continues in rain-drenched regions


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Next week’s weather won’t be as brisk as last week’s, but Kiwis shouldn’t put their umbrellas away just yet.

Last week, Nelson felt the full force of the “atmospheric river” that stretched across the country, flooding and evacuating hundreds of families from their homes.

A state of emergency remains in place for Marlborough, Nelson Tasman and West Coast regions despite the weather easing.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrived in Nelson on Sunday night to speak to people affected by the flooding today.

Emergency Management Minister Kieran McAnulty will visit Blenheim on Monday afternoon to meet Marlborough Mayor John Leggett.

McAnulty will see first-hand the damage caused by recent weather, including the 350 major landslides that have occurred to date.

Flooding over the past week has affected 570 homes, according to Nelson-Tasman Civil Defence. Urban Search and Rescue has inspected about half of the homes so far.

11 have yellow labels and 9 have red labels. Red labels indicate uninhabitable dwellings, and yellow labels indicate that homeowners can enter their homes when it is safe to do so.

A weak system of low pressure is expected to move east over central New Zealand on Monday.

MetService said the system could bring heavy rain to the western Tasman for some time, and had issued a heavy rain warning for Motueka and the Tasman west of the Fiordland.

Meteorologist Mmathapelo Makgabutlane said: “Given what happened this week, the land is sensitive to any rainfall. Therefore, the standard for heavy rain monitoring this time is lower than usual. We decided to give everyone a heads up.”

More rain is on the horizon for Wellington, which will dampen those who were due to pour into the capital on Monday as they plan a protest march to parliament on Tuesday morning.

Wellington was also heavily affected by weather events last week, with more than 150 slips and falls since Thursday due to wet conditions.

MetService is forecasting partly cloudy conditions in the capital on Monday, with rain around noon and a chance of heavy rain.

Rain is also forecast for Aucklanders on Monday, with showers expected in the morning and clear skies in the afternoon. Twilight is expected to bring heavy rain and thunderstorms.

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