Heavy rain and strong winds are expected across parts of the country today. A few thunderstorms are also possible.
The main threat for thunderstorms today will be along the western regions of the South Island this morning. That threat will then shift north for this afternoon. The risk area should set up across the central North Island, including places like New Plymouth, Hamilton, Te Awamutu and Taupo. Any storms that do develop could produce small hail, heavy rain and gusty winds.
A more iminent threat for heavy rain exists across parts of the South Island this morning. Government forecaster MetService has warnings for heavy rain in effect for Westland and the Tararua Range this morning. The heavy rain threat in this area should ease for this afternoon.
Strong wind warnings are in effect for Wairarapa and Wellington. 120 km/h gusts are possible for Wairarapa until about mid-morning. The threat for strong winds will be easing for Wellington early this morning.
Additional warnings may be required late this morning as the situation is closely monitored. WeatherWatch.co.nz will keep you up to date and pass along MetService warnings if and when they are issued.
**UPDATE** At 8:23 am, MetService lifted all warnings. That means that no warnings are in effect at this time. However, the threat for additional severe weather still exists for this afternoon and this evening.