November 29, 2023

Heavy rain, large swells and severe gusts: Remnants of Cyclone Lola delivers weekend blow

Is your weekend going to be spoiled?

The remnants of Tropical Cyclone Lola are expected to deliver heavy rain, large swells and severe gusts to the upper end of the North Island at the weekend.    

The leftovers of Tropical Cyclone Lola, now a tropical low, is a “large, deep, complex low-pressure system” making its way southeast towards northern Aotearoa on Sunday, with an associated front moving onto Northland from Sunday night.   

“This system moves slowly southeast onto the North Island during Monday, with heavy rain and easterly gales preceding the front. Large waves are also expected to affect eastern coasts of the upper North Island,” reads MetService’s website.   

MetService meteorologist Mmathapelo Makgabutlane told Newshub as Lola’s tropical low continues southwards it will meet another tropical system coming from the Tasman Sea.  

“They kind of interact and that’s the low we get coming down, so not quite Lola but there are elements of Lola in there.”  

As a result, MetService has issued severe weather warnings and watches for regions at the top of the North Island from Sunday.   

An orange heavy rain warning has been issued for Northland from 11am Sunday to 5am Monday.   

Coromandel Peninsula will be under one too from 7pm Sunday to 1pm Monday.  

A heavy rain watch has been issued for Auckland and Great Barrier Island from 6pm Sunday to 9am Monday. 

Orange strong wind warnings have been issued too. Northland’s strong wind warning comes into effect from 9am Sunday to 5am Monday.  

Auckland and Great Barrier Island are under a strong wind warning from 6pm Sunday to 9am Monday.   

Coromandel is under a strong wind warning from 10pm Sunday to 1pm Monday.  

Makgabutlane warned of heavy sea conditions too.   

“We’re also expecting large sea conditions, so heavy swell and quite large waves with that as well.”  

She added the effects of the tropical low will mainly be felt in the North Island and possibly the northern parts of the south.  

“Looks like Monday for the North Island is a bit of a wet day.”  

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