Heavy rain and high winds look set to batter parts of New
Zealand later today, and the weather is forecast to worsen as
the week wears on.
The clouds will bring a silver lining for snowsports
enthusiasts, however, with South Island ski fields - and
possibly Mt Ruapehu - expecting a dump later this week.
A deep low is expected to pass near southern New Zealand
Heavy rain is forecast for the Southern Alps, Nelson Ranges
and Mt Taranaki this evening and tomorrow, prompting
MetService to issue a severe weather warning.
Up to 200mm, even 300mm, of rain is expected in the ranges of
Westland and Fiordland between Otira and Milford Sound
Heavy rain is also expected to spill over into the Canterbury
headwaters, the ranges of Nelson and Mt Taranaki. Rivers and
streams are expected to rise quickly and surface flooding and
slips are possible, MetService warned.
As well as the heavy rain, the severe weather warning also
covers a threat of severe northerly gales in Wellington this
It also warns of severe northwest gales about exposed inland
parts of North Canterbury, Marlborough and Wairarapa from
this evening to early tomorrow morning.
"Gusts may reach 120km/h in these areas during this time,
especially about exposed hilltops," MetService said.
"Winds of this strength could damage trees and powerlines and
make driving difficult."
In the main centres:
- Auckland tomorrow will have sunny spells, a westerly breeze
with possible afternoon showers, and a high of 22 degrees.
Rain arrives Wednesday night.
- Hamilton is looking at 21 degrees tomorrow, cloudy periods,
a northwest breeze and a few showers. Wednesday looks much
the same, a high of 19 degrees.
- Wellington can expect sunny spells, a high of 18 degrees
and easing northerly gales tomorrow. But on Wednesday,
showers turn to rain.
- Christchurch starts tomorrow with 19 degrees thanks to
gusty nor'westers, easing throughout the day. A few showers
- Dunedin has an umbrella of variable high cloud tomorrow,
gusty norwest winds, and a high of 16 degrees. Showers start
on Wednesday and will hang around the rest of the week.
- Kurt Bayer of APNZ