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Saturday’s national forecast

Low pressure will shaking up our weekend weather.  This system still looks to be a fairly quick-moving system and is unlikely to produce widespread severe weather.  However, we will be keeping an eye on a few places today.

Heavy rain is possible about the West Coast this morning and this afternoon.  Additional heavy rain is possible for the headwaters of the Otago lakes and rivers as well as inland Southland.  Northwest Nelson could also see heavy rain, but that will likely hold off until this afternoon.  Some thundery falls are also possible.

The South Island’s eastern coast is looking a bit more settled for the early part of the day.  Showers could show up in Christchurch by late afternoon.

The deep south is already seeing a few showers this morning.  More showers are expected for this afternoon as well.

The North Island may see some heavy rain fall about eastern Bay of Plenty, but that won’t show up until around sunset or maybe later.  Heavy rain could show up Taranaki as well.

Showers are already starting to push onto the northern tip of the NI.  Throughout the morning, we will see showers spread across the top of the island.  As we get into this afternoon, rain will spread into the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and East Cape/Gisborne.  A few showers may move into Wellington as well.

Government forecaster MetService has heavy rain warnings in effect for this morning and this afternoon for:

  • Northern Fiordland and southern Westland between Milford Sound and Harihari

  • The hills and ranges of Northern Southland

  • The headwaters of the Otago lakes and rivers

Heavy rain warnings are up for northwest Nelson west Motueka for this afternoon through tomorrow afternoon.  Also, a heavy rain warning has been issued for the Bay of Plenty east of Whakatane tonight through much of Sunday.

By Analyst Howard Joseph


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