The Haulashore Island jetty getting pounded by the wind and waves in severe weather last year. Photo: Jamie Hall

Severe weather watch in place

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Make sure to take a raincoat or umbrella with you today, as Metservice have issued a severe weather watch, forecasting heavy rain and the possibility for severe gales.

“A complex trough of low pressure, preceded by a moist northerly flow, approaches the South Island from the Tasman Sea early Wednesday morning, before moving onto central New Zealand overnight Wednesday then weakening over the North Island during Thursday.”

Metservice issued the watch late last night saying the trough is expected to bring rain to the west and north of the country during Wednesday and Thursday, with the heaviest falls likely in Westland and the ranges of Buller where a Heavy Rain Warning is in force.

The watch is for the possibility that rainfall accumulations could reach warning amounts in Nelson, west of Riwaka from late Wednesday evening to late Thursday morning.

In addition, a strong north to northwest flow precedes the trough, with gales rising over central New Zealand and the potential to build to severe gales late Wednesday and early Thursday.

We will update you if the watch is upgraded to a warning.