North Islanders can expect a pretty wet day. Rain will cover much of the island with some heavy rain possible about Taranaki where a Heavy Rain Warning remains in effect. Isolated pockets of heavy rain are also possible about Wanganui and Wairarapa. But government forecaster MetService does not feel a warning is warranted at this time.
Wind will also be an issue. Severe gales are possible about the lower North Island and far upper South Island. The Marlborough Sounds, Wellington and southern Wairarapa could all see severe north to northwest gales this morning. The chances are not high enough to warrant a warning at this point. However, conditions are certainly ripe for the development of those winds.
For the South Island, the west and north are off to a rainy start. However, this should ease later on today. However, it may take until late afternoon to clear the rain out.
For the southern and eastern sections of the South Island, expected settled weather to move in around midday. This afternoon should be pretty nice with some peeks of sunshine developing.
By WeatherWatch Analyst Howard Joseph