Holiday makers should prepare for a dousing of rain across much of the country this weekend, but there's a silver lining for New Year's Eve revellers in the North Island.
The Metservice issued a server weather warning this morning due to a trough bringing several fronts of heavy rain in from the Tasman Sea.
Thunderstorms could hit Nelson, Fiordland and the Western coast of the South Island this weekend.
Campers and trampers should watch for rising rivers and streams in Canterbury and the Westland ranges south of Otira over the weekend.
The North Island doesn't escape the showers which are expected to hit the northern parts of the country tomorrow.
Strong northwesterlies preceded the stormy fronts that will begin making their way over the South Island today.
Metservice duty forecaster Larissa Marintchenko said the rain will clear in the North Island on Monday just in time for New Year's Eve celebration
Fine weather with temperatures in the twenties will treat the North Island campers and revellers.
The South Island unfortunately drew the short straw for New Year's Eve and face another front of rain just in time to bring in 2013.
The front also brings a chance of a second drenching from thunderstorms across the South Island.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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