Strong winds and rain on the way for areas hit by 7.5 earthquake
Strong winds and heavy rain have hit Wellington and other areas, sparking fears the weather could exacerbate damage from the previous night's 7.5 quake.
Taihape and Taranaki have been added to the severe wind watch, a MetService spokeswoman said.
Wanganui, Manawatu, and Nelson could be hit with 120km per hour gusts tomorrow morning.
Kaikoura is one of the only places in the country that can expect sun tomorrow.
There is a heavy rain watch for: Marlborough Sounds and the North Canterbury high country from this evening through to Tuesday morning.
Eastern Bay of Plenty Tuesday afternoon and evening.
Dunedin, Clutha and Southland from this evening through Tuesday morning.
Officials in the capital are warning motorists and pedestrians to keep out of the central business district.
NIWA reported downpours are expected on Monday night across the area most affected by the severe earthquake, which hit just after midnight on Monday.
Heavy rain may results in slips and flooding in the upper South Island and lower North Island. Strong winds exceeding 120km per hour are also expected to be felt in coastal Marlborough, the Cook Strait, and Wellington.
The heaviest falls are expected over the ranges of Westland, Buller and Nelson, where 150 to 200mm could fall from Monday afternoon through to Tuesday morning, according to MetService.
Heavy rain should spread to the hills and ranges of central and southern parts of the North Island on Tuesday. People in these areas should look out for rapidly rising streams and rivers, slips and surface flooding.
Severe gale north to northwest winds are forecast to develop in exposed parts of Wellington, Wairarapa and Marlborough Monday evening, then ease on Tuesday. Winds of this strength could lift roofs, damage trees and cause hazardous driving conditions.