Rain, wind and snow on horizon

04:19, Jul 27 2012

Enjoy the sunshine and clear days while they last, because more rain, wind and snow is on the way, MetService says.  

Most parts of New Zealand will have a fine start to the weekend, but that will come to an abrupt end for many areas on Sunday evening.

A rapidly deepening low in the Tasman was heading for New Zealand and was expected to bring heavy rain across the northern half of the North Island by Sunday evening, MetService media and communications meteorologist Daniel Corbett said.

But other areas won't escape the unsettled weather, with heavy rainfall expected to spread across other parts of New Zealand by Monday.

The bad news doesn't end there - the rain could continue for days, especially in the eastern and southern regions of the South Island.

Snow was expected in Southland and Otago, and gales could affect coastal areas in those regions.