Heavy rain for the west of the South Island easing overnight Monday, gale west to northwest winds for central and southern New Zealand.
A series of cold fronts, preceded by strong west to northwest flow and followed by cold southwesterlies, are expected to move north across the country overnight Monday through to early Wednesday.
These fronts should bring a further period of heavy rain or showers to the west of the South Island, where heavy rain Watches are still in force in northern Westland and Buller.
In addition, severe gale west to northwest winds are expected in exposed parts of central New Zealand, and also in the east of the South Island from Canterbury to Southland, where strong wind Warnings and Watches are still in force.
Strong Wind Warning
Strong wind gusts could damage trees, powerlines and unsecured structures. Driving may be hazardous, especially for high-sided vehicles and motorcycles.
Strong Wind Watch
Area: Central Otago, Southern Lakes, Dunedin, Clutha, Southland, Stewart Island
Valid: 10 hours from 8:00pm Monday to 6:00am Tuesday
Forecast: West to northwesterly winds may approach severe gale in exposed places at times.