Gales set to batter the east

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Inland areas of North Otago look set to bear the brunt of northwest gales today (Friday) as a front moves across parts from the South Island.

Rain and showers are expected in western parts of the South Island today (Friday) before moving onto the North Island later today (Friday).

Tomorrow (Saturday) rainfall levels may also reach warning amounts about the Otago lakes and headwaters, Fiordland and the Westland Ranges.

Waitaki District Council emergency services manager Chris Raine said a brief southwest change is expected over the South Island today (Friday) behind the front, but the flow will quickly turn northwesterly again tomorrow (Saturday) with occasional rain expected about Fiordland.

“With the gusty winds, loose items should either be put away or tied down,” he said.

“The best advice is to monitor the weather sites to keep up to date with any changes or severe weather alerts and make travel plans accordingly.”

On Monday, southern and central New Zealand will be affected by the strong northwesterlies, with heavy rain in Fiordland and the ranges of Westland.

Updated weather information is available on the MetService website – www.metservice.com

By Jacquie Webby