Wet weekend ahead

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Metservice have issued a severe weather warning as strong gales and northerlies bring rain over the region from later today.

The heaviest falls are forecast for the ranges of northwest Nelson during Saturday where 100mm of rain is possible, as well as Westland where 150mm of rain is expected.

Rain is expected to be heavy from Saturday morning between 9am and 9pm. Peak intensities of 15-20mm/hr are expected for Saturday afternoon and evening.

Metservice is advising people the rainfall may cause slips and surface flooding, and rivers and streams may rise rapidly.