Netizen 24 NZL: Your weather: Antarctic storm battering Australia has New Zealand in its sights

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Your weather: Antarctic storm battering Australia has New Zealand in its sights

An Antarctic storm lashing southeast Australia with rain and snow will make its presence felt here tomorrow.

From early Friday morning the deepening low, currently over the Tasman Sea, will move on to the lower South Island, MetService meteorologist Andrew James said.

Rain will spread over western parts of the South Island first, while the storm's associated front will bring rain to west of the North Island, reaching Auckland in the afternoon/evening.

Over Saturday the rain will spread over the whole country.

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"We are in for a wet weekend," James said.

MetService has issued heavy rain warnings for parts of Westland from 8am to 11pm tomorrow with up to 100mm forecast in the ranges.

Heavy rain is also expected about northwest Nelson and northern Fiordland, and Taranaki and Tongariro National Park in the North Island.

On Saturday and Sunday another low over the western Tasman Sea is expected to maintain the moist north to northeast flow over the New Zealand.

There is potential for further heavy rain from Fiordland to northwest Nelson.

Rain could be heavy about western areas in the North Island on Saturday and Sunday, and Bay of Plenty and the Gisborne ranges on Sunday and Monday.

Temperatures are forecast to stay fairly mild in the North Island, with Auckland forecast to hover around 20C through to mid next week.

The South Island however is in for a cool southerly change on Saturday, with Christchurch dropping to a maximum of 14C, and just 12C on Sunday.

Temperatures are forecast to remain in the low teens across the South Island through next week.

Today, a ridge of high pressure is keeping the weather relatively settled throughout the country.

This morning's fog in Aucklan d is forecast to clear late morning for a fine day, with a high of 19C.

Similar conditions are forecast across the North Island today and tomorrow until late afternoon.

In the South Island there might be some isolated showers in the afternoon, before the low arrives from the Tasman.

Today's weather
• Whangarei

Becoming cloudy, could also be some morning fog. Northeast breeze. 20C high, 14C overnight.

• Auckland

Fine with high cloud, but areas of morning low cloud or fog. Northeast breezes. 19C high, 15C overnight.

• Hamilton

Morning low cloud or fog, otherwise fine with high cloud. Light winds. 20C high, 11C overnight.

• Tauranga

Fine with high cloud, but areas of morning low cloud or fog. Northeast breezes. 19C high, 14C overnight.

• New Plymouth

Fine with high cl oud. Northerly breezes. 18C high, 14C overnight.

• Napier

Fine, high cloud. Light winds. 20C high, 11C overnight.

• Wellington​

Cloudy at times. Northerlies. 17C high, 13C overnight.

• Nelson​

Becoming cloudy, few showers from afternoon. Northerlies. 17C high, 13C overnight.

• Christchurch​

Fine with high cloud. Northerlies developing. 17C high, 9C overnight.

• Dunedin​

High cloud. Possible light rain around midday. Northerly. 18C high, 10C overnight.

Source: Google News

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