Burst of heavy rain for the West Coast. Severe gale northwesterlies possible for parts of the South Island.
A cold front, preceded by strong northwesterlies, is expected to approach Fiordland from the south Tasman Sea today (Tuesday), then move northeast over the South Island during Wednesday and early Thursday before weakening.
A Heavy Rain Warning is now in force for much of Fiordland and Westland from Moeraki southwards, and a Heavy Rain Watch is in place for the ranges of Westland between Otira and Moeraki.
A Strong Wind Watch is in force for Fiordland and Southland including Stewart Island, and also for parts of Otago and the Canterbury High Country.
People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case parts of these Watches are upgraded to a Warning, or further areas are added.
Strong Wind Watch
Strong wind gusts could damage trees, powerlines and unsecured structures. Driving may be hazardous, especially for high-sided vehicles and motorcycles.
Area: Fiordland, Southland including Stewart Island
Valid: 21 hours from 9:00pm Tuesday to 6:00pm Wednesday
Forecast: North to northwest gales are forecast to be severe at times, with gusts reaching 120 to 130km/h in exposed places.
Changes: Upgrade to an orange warning.