Brief Mountain Forecast for all New Zealand

North Island

Valid for Tuesday, 12-Dec

Egmont National Park, and the Ruahine and Tararua Ranges: Fine apart from areas of cloud. Drizzle developing about the Tararua Range tomorrow evening. Remaining North Island Mountain areas: Cloudy periods. A few showers in the afternoons and evenings, some heavy with possible thunderstorms today. WINDS: Westerlies, gale about the Tararua Range, easing tomorrow.

Freezing Level: Above 3000 metres.

Valid for Wednesday, 13-Dec

A few showers developing in the morning, turning to rain later south of the Ruahines and also in the ranges east of Tongariro. Westerlies turning southerly later.

Freezing Level: Lowering to 2600 metres.

Valid for Thursday, 14-Dec

Rain about the ranges east of Tongariro gradually clearing. Elsewhere, a few showers clearing and becoming fine. Southerlies, gradually easing.

Freezing Level: Lowering to 2400 metres in the south for a time, then rising to 3000 metres later.

Valid for Friday, 15-Dec

Fine, apart from patches of morning and evening cloud. Light winds.

Freezing Level: Rising above 3000 metres.

Issued: 12:46pm Monday, 11-Dec-2017

South Island

Valid for Tuesday, 12-Dec

Kaikoura Ranges: Mainly fine. A few showers tomorrow afternoon and evening, possibly heavy. Elsewhere: Rain gradually spreading north this evening and tomorrow morning, heavy for a time. Rain clearing from Mt Aspiring and northern Fiordland tomorrow morning. Snow lowering to 1500 metres in Fiordland this evening. WINDS: Strong northwesterlies, gale in exposed places, gradually easing tomorrow.

Freezing Level: 3000 metres, lowering to 1500 metres in the south tonight.

Valid for Wednesday, 13-Dec

Mainly fine in the west, with drizzle in the east at first. Then rain spreading from the south, reaching everywhere by evening, with possible heavy falls in the east. Snow down to 1800 metres in the south, and to 2200 metres further north. Southwesterlies,strong in the south at first,dying out later.

Freezing Level: 2600 metres in the north, lowering to 1600 metres in the south.

Valid for Thursday, 14-Dec

Rain or drizzle clearing the south and west early morning, and clearing in the east later in the day. Isolated afternoon showers developing. Light winds,but strong northwesterlies developing in the south at night.

Freezing Level: Rising to 3200 metres.

Valid for Friday, 15-Dec

Mainly fine in the east, but drizzle turning to rain in the west,possibly heavy in the south. Scattered rain spreading east later. Northwesterlies rising to gale in the south,easing later.

Freezing Level: 3200 metres, rising to 3600 metres in the north.

Issued: 12:46pm Monday, 11-Dec-2017