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Have you checked the weather for mothers’ day?

Two low pressure systems are lining up over the Tasman Sea, ready to cross over New Zealand from Friday meaning a wet Mother’s Day for many.

“The first low is set to cross the South Island on Friday. This low will affect the west of New Zealand first with heavy rain Watches and Warnings already issued for the West Coast and Mount Taranaki,” April Clark MetService Meteorologist warned. “These Severe Weather Warnings are a precursor to others which are likely to be issued for parts of the upper North Island this weekend,” Clark continued.

Though rain is expected to ease over the lower two thirds of the country on Saturday as the first low moves off to the east, the front over the north (and rain with it) is expected to linger into Saturday.

“For Mother’s Day on Sunday, expect wet weather for many regions, and a good excuse for a lie in for Mum.” Clark commented.

This continuing spell of unsettled weather is due to a second, larger area of low pressure pushing onto the country from the west on Sunday keeping most of the country in cloud or rain. For all the details on the timing and severity of rain forecast for your region this weekend head to

Official Severe Weather Watches and Warnings are reviewed and re-issued by MetService at least every twelve hours, and more often if necessary. To get the most up to date information on severe weather around the country, or any other forecasts, see or on mobile devices at You can also follow our updates on MetService TV, at MetService New Zealand on Facebook, @metservice and @MetServiceWARN on Twitter and at

MetService issues Warnings, Watches and Outlooks for severe weather over New Zealand.

Warnings are about taking action when severe weather is imminent or is occurring. They are issued only when required.
Recommendation: ACT

Watches are about being alert when severe weather is possible, but not sufficiently imminent or certain for a Warning to be issued. They are issued only when required.
Recommendation: BE READY

Outlooks are about looking ahead, providing advance information on possible future Watches and/or Warnings. They are issued routinely once or twice a day.
Recommendation: PLAN

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