Severe gale force winds are on the way for much of the country.
There is a high risk of severe northwest gales - above 89kmh - tomorrow and Wednesday for Wairarapa, Wellington, Marlborough and inland Canterbury, MetService says.
There is a moderate risk of similar winds about Otago, Southland and the Canterbury Plains tomorrow, and in Hawke's Bay and Gisborne on Wednesday and Thursday.
Significant heavy falls of rain are expected tomorrow and Wednesday on the west of the South Island from Fiordland to Nelson.
That includes all the Southern Alps, with spillover into the headwaters of the Otago and Canterbury lakes and rivers.
In the North Island, MetService has moderate confidence of heavy rain for the Tararua Ranges, Taranaki, Waitomo, the central plateau and the eastern Bay of Plenty ranges on Wednesday and Thursday.
The wind and rain is the result of an active front expected to approach the South Island tomorrow, then move northeast to reach the lower North Island late on Wednesday, MetService says.
The front will be preceded by a very strong northwest flow.
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