A PERIOD OF HEAVY RAIN FOR THE RANGES OF WESTLAND AND MOUNT TARANAKI A complex trough is moving across the South Island today, preceded by a moist northerly flow.
Heavy rain is expected in Westland through much of today (Saturday), with the heaviest falls about the ranges, where a further 130 to 180mm is likely.
Rain is expected to spread across the North Island later today, with heavy falls likely in many areas.
The largest accumulations are expected about Mount Taranaki, where 100mm could fall in a 12 hour period.
People, especially trampers, are warned to look out for rapidly rising rivers and streams.
Surface flooding, slips and hazardous driving conditions are also likely during this time.