A PERIOD OF RAIN IN THE TARARUA RANGE FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING.
A front, preceded by a band of heavy thundery rain is expected to move up the South Island west coast on Friday and then over the lower North Island during the evening.
A Watch is in effect for the West Coast and for Mt Taranaki.
Rain is expected to become persistent in the Tararua Range Friday afternoon ahead of the front and then become heavy and possibly thundery for a time during the evening.
Up to 120 mm may accumulate in the highest parts of the Range by midnight after which time the rain should ease.
Members of the public should be aware of poor tramping conditions during this period and that rivers and streams may rise rapidly.