Wetter weather forecast as cleaning continues in rain-flooded regions

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The Nelson area was devastated by wild weather. Video / NZ Herald / Geroge Heard / Tim Cuff / Supplied

The weather this coming week won’t be as active as last, but the Kiwis aren’t expected to put away their umbrellas just yet.

Last week, Nelson felt the full force of the “atmospheric river” flowing over the country, with widespread flooding and hundreds of families evacuated from their homes.

Although the weather has calmed down, a state of emergency is still in effect in the Marlborough, Nelson-Tasman and West Coast regions.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern landed in Nelson on Sunday evening and will address those affected by the floods today.

On Monday afternoon, Emergency Management Minister Kieran McAnulty will travel to Blenheim to meet Marlborough Mayor John Leggett.

McAnulty will witness firsthand the devastation caused by recent weather, including the 350 major landslides that have occurred so far.

Last week’s flooding affected 570 homes, according to the Nelson-Tasman Civil Defense Group. Urban Search and Rescue has inspected about half of these homes so far.

Eleven were pasted yellow, while nine were pasted red. A red tag indicates an uninhabitable residence and a yellow tag indicates owners may enter their home when it is safe.

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

MetService says the system could deliver heavy rain west of Tasman for a period, and it has issued a heavy rain watch for Tasman west of Motueka and Fiordland.

Meteorologist Mmathapelo Makgabutlane said that “given what has happened this week, the earth is sensitive to any rain. The criteria for this heavy rain watch is lower than it would normally be for this reason. We decided to warn everyone.”

More rain is on its way to Wellington, which will put the brakes on those due to flood the capital on Monday ahead of a planned protest march to Parliament on Tuesday morning.

Wellington was also badly affected by last week’s weather event, with more than 150 slips occurring since Thursday due to soggy conditions.

MetService is forecasting partly cloudy conditions in the capital on Monday, with rain developing around noon, possibly heavy.

Rain is also expected to fall in Aucklanders on Monday, with showers expected in the morning before skies clear up in the afternoon. Nightfall is expected to bring heavy rain and thunderstorms.

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