Monday, March 4, 2024

Improved outlook for weekend weather

Aucklanders can still expect a few heavy localised showers later today, but the weekend weather forecast is looking up, the MetService said today.

Auckland experienced further wet weather yesterday and overnight, with rain affecting the eastern parts of the region this morning. 

Georgina Griffiths, MetService Meteorologist says it is still important to keep checking MetService’s Rain Radar.

“While there have been no high intensity rain rates overnight, the rainfall does add to already sodden ground,” she said.

“High humidity remains which can bring some localised heavy showers to some parts in the region. So please be prepared and keep checking the rain radar on MetService’s website.

“We’re expecting the weather to improve over the weekend, but some showers may be expected on Monday.”

Be prepared 

  • Make sure you stay informed. Keep updated on the weather forecast at www.metservice.com/warnings 
  • Avoid unnecessary travel. Check road conditions if you do have to travel 
  • Floods and flash floods can happen quickly. Act immediately if you see rising water – do not wait for official warnings. Head for higher ground and stay away from flood water 
  • Check www.aem.org.nz for updates and information. Listen to emergency services and self-evacuate if you feel unsafe 
  • If life is in danger, call 111 immediately 

Transport 

  • Despite an improvement in weather conditions AT is encouraging Aucklanders to take care when travelling on the transport network 
  • 400 members of AT’s road maintenance crew are currently out working across the network to clear slips, repair flood damage and reopen roads. 
  • For the latest information on road closures and public transport, check: govt.nz/weatherwatch

Welfare 

Welfare and Logistics teams are continuing to work as quickly as possible to conduct needs assessments and get those displaced into accommodation. 

There are three Civil Defence Centres open at Randwick Park, Albany and Henderson.   

The Kelston centre has now transitioned to the Bruce McLaren Community Centre at HubWest, 27 Corban Avenue, Henderson.     

Five Council Community Support Hubs also remain open. These are: 

  • Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa Pool and Leisure Centre in Mascot Ave, Mangere (24 hours) 
  • Te Manawa, 11 Kohuhu Lane, Westgate (9am-5pm) 
  • New Lynn Community Centre, 45 Totara Avenue, New Lynn (9am – 5pm) 
  • Fickling Convention Centre, 546 Mount Albert Road, Three Kings (9am-5pm) 
  • Birkenhead Leisure Centre, 46 Mahara Avenue, Birkenhead (9am-5pm)  

If you need any support and assistance – call 0800 22 22 00. 

Waste 

  • To help with the clean-up, Council now has 15 locations around the region where people can drop off their storm related debris.  
  • If you want to take your waste to one of these stations, please phone Auckland Council on 0800 22 22 00 to confirm your visit.  
  • For uninsured people the drop off is free. 
  • The first step for insured people who want to dispose of storm related waste is to contact their insurer and they will advise the next steps as policies do differ. 

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