Weather warnings likely

MetService says it is highly likely warnings for severe gales and heavy rain will be issued for parts of Otago and Southland today, as a front approaches the South Island.

Meteorologist Kyle Lee said a front was expected to move on to the lower South Island from the west tonight, bringing rain to western parts, and northwest gales to eastern areas.

The front was forecast to move northward on Saturday, while a second front was expected to approach the South Island from the Tasman Sea, moving up the country on Sunday and Monday.

Mr Lee said it was highly likely MetService would be issuing specific warnings for the region later today, as the forecast became more conclusive.

He advised Otago and Southland residents to keep up to date with the latest forecasts.

"It's the usual story - be aware of what the weather forecasts are, the updates, the areas that will be most impacted, and the timings of the forecast are also important."

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