The settled weather is on the way out and a deepening low with an active cold front is heading towards New Zealand. On Saturday, rain will intensify on the West Coast. Locally heavy downpours and bursts of snow higher up are likely to push in from the west.
Over 100mm of precipitation for the next 48 hours is forecast (see rain and snow maps below which over the weekend period) around Mount Aspiring National Park.
Strong NW winds through eastern and central areas plus large, dangerous, waves over on the West Coast should be monitored as well.
Warmer than normal conditions have continued across the country lately and may peak on Saturday for some. However, after having the front pass, temperatures will drop down to normal for almost all of New Zealand by early next week.
This sudden change in temperature could impact pasture growth with frosts possible inland next week, especially in the South Island.