A severe weather warning has been issued for the South Island
this weekend, with heavy rain and gales force winds.
Metservice forecasters are predicting a cold front will move
over the Tasman Sea to Fiordland late on Saturday night,
across the South Island on Sunday morning and onto the North
Island by Sunday afternoon.
Heavy rain warnings are already in place for Fiordland and
South Westland, and severe gale warnings in Otago,
Canterbury, Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay.
"There's a fairly active weather front coming through," said
Metservice meteorologist Daniel Corbett.
He said there will be "strong, potentially damaging winds"
for places like Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay, and Auckland will
get windier over the weekend.
"Auckland on Saturday is going to be okay but the end of
Saturday we've got the rain on the doorsteps of central New
The rain will be heading north on Sunday too so it will be "a
different prospect" for those with outdoor plans, he said.
However, Corbett said the weather system "will have lost its
guts" by the time it reaches Auckland.
"It's windy, it's wet the further South you are over the
A cold snap has already hit the South Island this week, with
some inland areas experiencing frosts and close to freezing
This time of year is "a bit of a rollercoaster ride," said
"Even though they say climatologically we are heading into
summer, meteorologically summer doesn't happen until the
third week of December."