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Some rain for NZ’s driest regions this Friday

This photo was taken by Kate Wells during her walk around Mauao.

The sunrise in Mount Maunganui this morning brought out both amateur and professional photographers.

Photos sent to SunLive show the beautiful colours the rising sun produced across the city.

And while today is set to be another stunner in the Bay of Plenty, WeatherWatch.co.nz is warning people to prepare for rain at the end of the week.

A small area of low pressure will briefly exist around the North Island on Friday and this will help produce areas of rain, showers and drizzle patches across the island and upper South Island.

"The forecast looks messy with some areas getting soaking downpours, others only frustrating teases with showers and drizzle," says the weather organisation.

"The nature of the set up this Friday means it may not be until the day itself we can truly lock in who has the best chances, as it's a bit hit and miss and due to our mountains and ranges also getting in the way but the fact the low is so weak means it doesn't have much 'oomph'."

The sunrise in Mount Maunganui this morning. Photos: Cameron Avery.

At this stage some areas that appear to have a better shot at rain look to be Taranaki, Whanganui and Manawatu, then further north it may affect Central Plateau, parts of Waikato and parts of Bay of Plenty - but there may also be parts of these regions that get as little as 5 to 10mm, so don't get your hopes up just yet.

Nelson is another area that could get some much needed rain, perhaps 10 to 20mm, which would be very welcome following all the fires. Some of the ranges may get double the amounts.

"This is a borderline set up for "soaking" rains - so we'll keep you posted. In the meantime, keep up to date with the rain maps we have on our website and free App."

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Stunning pictures, thanks...

Posted on 06-03-2019 12:10 | By morepork

As I am not a "morning person" I would have missed this. But the natural beauty of our place is really breathtaking and there are some really amazing pictures here. Thanks for sharing this.