Heavy rain and gale force winds are on the way for the middle of the country as an active front moves north over the South Island.
A period of heavy rain was expected for the Buller and Tararua Ranges, with about 100 millimetres expected until tonight, MetService said.
Rain could also be heavy in the northwest Nelson ranges and the Nelson Lakes until this evening.
Northwest winds gusting to 120kmh were expected in exposed parts of Wairarapa until early this evening. Winds could also top 90kmh in northern parts of Marlborough until this afternoon.
By this morning, heavy rain had eased about Fiordland and the Otago headwaters, and was easing about Westland and the Canterbury headwaters, MetService said.
Severe northwest gales had eased about inland Canterbury.
More rough weather looks to be on the way on Thursday and Friday, with MetService expecting heavy rain in western Nelson, Fiordland, Westland, Buller, and the Otago and Canterbury headwaters.
"In addition, there is a moderate confidence that northwest gales could become severe about Canterbury, Marlborough, Wellington and the Wairarapa during this time, and a low risk about Southland and Otago," MetService said.
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