16 Jan 2021

Cooler, unsettled weather on the way

4:05 pm on 16 January 2021

Wet weather is set to wash away New Zealand's summer streak.

close up a part of the girl who hold on umbrella among Rain drops falling

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A cooler air mass will soon sweep across the country... with heavy rain warnings and watches issued for the western and south-eastern parts of the South Island.

MetService meteorologist Tahlia Crabtree says the summer high is "definitely gone".

The west of the South Island from Buller to Fiordland, and also the Otago and Canterbury headwaters can expect rain on Monday and Tuesday as a deepening trough moves onto the island, MetService says.

Northwest winds will strengthen over southern and central New Zealand ahead of the deepening trough.

They may become gales in exposed parts of the Tararua District and Hawke's Bay south of Hastings from Monday through to Wednesday.

As the trough moves to the east of the South Island on Wednesday, rainfall amounts may reach warning level in Southland, Clutha and Dunedin, and these areas may also be affected by southwest gales.

Crabtree says the unsettled weather will continue throughout next week.

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