Wild weather on the way
Severe gale-force winds are on the way for much of the country, and the west of the South Island is in for a drenching.
Significant heavy falls of rain were expected tomorrow and Wednesday on the west of the South Island from Fiordland to Nelson.
MetService said this morning that there was a high risk of severe northwest gales - above 89kmh - tomorrow and Wednesday for Wairarapa, Wellington, Marlborough and inland Canterbury.
There was 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.
That included all the Southern Alps, with spillover into the headwaters of the Otago and Canterbury lakes and rivers.
In the North Island, MetService said there was a good chance of heavy rain for the Tararua Range, Taranaki, Waitomo, the central plateau and the eastern Bay of Plenty ranges on Wednesday and Thursday.
The wind and rain was the result of an active front expected to approach the South Island tomorrow, then move northeast to reach the lower North Island late Wednesday, MetService said. The front would be preceded by a strong northwest flow.
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