A severe weather watch issued for Otago, Southland, Nelson and parts of the lower North Island is expected to bring heavy rain to the west of the South Island today and northwest gales for eastern parts of the South Island.
Waitaki District Council (WDC) emergency services manager Chris Raine said the strongest winds will be inland and in the lee of the valleys and on the ridge tops.
“Traffic may need to be aware driving could be hazardous in these areas and strong gusts may blow motorcyclists or light trucks off the road,” he said.
“There is also a low risk of a few lighting strikes within the wave cloud over parts of Southland, Otago and South Canterbury (during this morning).”
Mr Raine also reminded farmers not to light any fires until the current bout of weather has moved away.
“Old slash burns can reignite, particulartly with strong winds and should be carefully monitored,” he said.
Weather for Labour Day Monday looks like being the best of the three day weekend, according to MetService media and communications metereologist Daniel Corbett.
“It should be generally drier and milder in the east and wetter in west, but it will be a good idea to keep a raincoat and umbrella handy,” he said.
Latest weather watch information is available on the MetService website.