Parts of country brace for drenching

21:00, Sep 02 2012

A severe weather warning is in place as heavy rain is expected to lash western New Zealand today.

Buller, Nelson and Marlborough were experiencing heavy rainfall this morning, while "anywhere in the North Island from Taranaki up to Bay of Plenty" could also expect to be drenched today, MetService duty forecaster Heath Gullery said.

Heavy rain eased in Fiordland overnight as the front moved slowly eastwards over the South Island.

The rain would ease this afternoon but the next few days would be marked by an "unsettled showery regime," Gullery said.

"They'll be on and off from today. It will be windy easterlies and westerly showers."

While most of western New Zealand could expect a few wet days ahead, eastern New Zealand would be calm, and dry.

Canterbury, Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa and Marlborough would be "mild and warm" from Wednesday through to Friday, Gullery said.

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