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Mixed bag for the weekend

Issued: 11:53am Thursday 29 Jul 2021

This weekend should remain mainly settled for much of New Zealand, while a front brings rain to the lower South Island and low pressure to the north of Aotearoa brings a few showers to Northland through to the Bay of Plenty...

Short Forecast

Valid To Midnight Saturday

Northland to Waikato and Taupo, including Coromandel and Bay of Plenty
Areas of cloud and isolated showers, turning to rain in Northland for a time tomorrow.

Gisborne, Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa
Fine, apart from areas of fog tomorrow morning and evening.

Waitomo to Wellington, including Taumarunui and Taihape
Fine, apart from areas of cloud, clearing this afternoon.

Buller, Westland and Fiordland
Rain south of Hokitika, heavy in places. Mostly cloudy further north with isolated showers.

Nelson and Western Marlborough
Mostly cloudy, with patchy drizzle today.

The remainder of Marlborough, and Canterbury
Fine apart from some areas of low cloud. Rain developing south of Ashburton tomorrow evening.

Otago and Southland
Mostly cloudy. Scattered rain developing about Southern Lakes and Southland today. Rain gradually becoming widespread tomorrow, with snow lowering to 700 metres.

Chatham Islands
Occasional drizzle

Extended Forecast

North Island: Areas of morning low cloud or fog clearing then mainly fine. A few showers about and south of Taranaki to Wairarapa from evening. South Island: Partly cloudy. Evening rain in Fiordland. Elsewhere, scattered rain or showers spreading north in the morning, then clearing south of Christchurch by evening.

North Island: Scattered rain or showers south of Taranaki, spreading elsewhere in the afternoon and evening but remaining dry in Gisborne and Hawke's Bay. South Island: Rain spreading north, with possible heavy falls in the west, easing to showers in the far south later.

North Island: Partly cloudy. Rain easing to showers early, then clearing later. South Island: Showers retreating to the south east in the morning, and clearing there later.

Chatham Islands
The odd shower for Sunday and Monday. Rain developing late Tuesday. Winds mainly light, becoming southerly late Tuesday.

Severe Thunderstorm Watches

There are no Severe Thunderstorm Watches in force.

Severe Weather Warnings & Watches

Heavy rain for Fiordland and southern Westland during today and Saturday
A front from over the Tasman Sea is expected to move slowly over Fiordland from this afternoon, and slowly north over southern Westland during Saturday, bringing a period of rain with some heavy falls.

The Heavy Rain Watch for the area of southern Westland from Mount Sefton southwards has now been upgraded to an Orange Warning, while a Heavy Rain Watch remains in force for Westland north of Mt Sefton to Harihari, and also for Fiordland.

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case any Watches are upgraded to Warnings, or further areas are added.

Heavy Rain Warning

Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.

Area: Westland from Mount Sefton southwards
Valid: 21 hours from 7:00pm Friday to 4:00pm Saturday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Expect 90 to 120mm to accumulate. Peak intensities of 15 to 20 mm/h overnight Friday and early Saturday morning.
Changes: Upgraded to orange warning

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: Westland north of Mount Sefton to Harihari
Valid: 21 hours from 9:00pm Friday to 6:00pm Saturday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria, especially about the ranges.

Area: Fiordland
Valid: 19 hours from 2:00pm Friday to 9:00am Saturday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria.

Road Snowfall Warnings

Lindis Pass (SH8)

Valid: 10 hours from 5:00pm Saturday to 3:00am Sunday
Forecast: Rain is expected to turn to snow late Saturday afternoon, with 5 to 10 cm accumulating above 800 metres and lesser amounts down to 700 metres.



Crown Range Road

Valid: 10 hours from 12:00pm to 10:00pm Saturday
Forecast: Rain is expected to turn to snow around midday Saturday, with 6 to 12 cm accumulating above 800 metres and lesser amounts to down 700 metres.


An update for Road Snowfall Warnings will be issued by 10:00pm Friday 30 Jul 2

There are no Road Snowfall Warnings in force for Napier-Taupo Road (SH5), Desert Road (SH1), Remutaka Hill Road (SH2), Lewis Pass (SH7), Arthur's Pass (SH73), Porters Pass (SH73), Haast Pass (SH6), Milford Road (SH94), Dunedin to Waitati Highway (SH1)

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