Brief Mountain Forecast for all New Zealand

North Island

Valid for Thursday, 03-Dec

Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Brief rain spreading north this morning and afternoon, then clearing and becoming fine. WINDS: Gale northwesterlies, severe in exposed places, turning southwest and easing this afternoon.

Freezing Level: About 3500 metres, lowering to 2600 metres in the south this morning.

Valid for Friday, 04-Dec

Fine weather today. Partly cloudy with isolated showers tomorrow. WINDS: Strong or gale westerlies, easing for a time north of Ruahine Range tonight.

Freezing Level: About 2800 metres.

Valid for Saturday, 05-Dec

Showers turning to rain from midday south of the Raukumara Range, then easing overnight. WINDS:Westerlies, strong or gale in exposed places, easing overnight.

Freezing Level: Lowering to 2400 metres about the the raukumara range and to 2000 metres about the tararua range.

Valid for Sunday, 06-Dec

Fine spells and isolated morning showers. WINDS:Winds tending northwesterly and rising to gale south of the volcanoes.

Freezing Level: Rising above 3000 metres.

Valid for Monday, 07-Dec

Showers developing early, possibly heavy later about Mt Taranaki and the Tararua Range. WINDS:Northwest, severe gale about the Ruahine Range and southwards.

Freezing Level: Above 3000 metres.

Issued: 4:29pm Thursday 3 Dec 2020

South Island

Valid for Thursday, 03-Dec

Kaikoura ranges: Fine. Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes National Parks, and the Southern Alps: Cloudy periods. Showers, with snow above 1500 metres, easing this afternoon. Fiordland and Mount Aspiring: Often cloudy. Showers easing late morning, but increasing again this evening. Snow above 1200 metres. WINDS: West or southwest winds, gale in exposed places.

Freezing Level: 2800 metres in the north, sloping to 1400 metres in fiordland.

Valid for Friday, 04-Dec

Kaikoura ranges: Fine today. High cloud with a few spots of rain tomorrow. Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes National Parks: Cloudy periods. A few showers, with snow above 1700 metres at first, clearing this evening, returning tomorrow morning. Southern Alps, Fiordland and Mount Aspiring: Showers increasing this evening, turning to rain tomorrow morning, with heavy and thunder falls. Snow above 1200 metres in showers today, lifting to 1500 metres this evening. WINDS: Gale westerlies, severe in exposed places.

Freezing Level: 2300 metres sloping to 1300 metres in the south, lifting to 1800 metres in the south this evening.

Valid for Saturday, 05-Dec

Periods of rain with heavy falls and thunderstorms possible in the west, easing to isolated showers in the evening. Snow lowering to 1500 metres. However, scattered rain about the Kaikoura ranges. WINDS:Gale northwesterlies changing strong southwest.

Freezing Level: 2000 metres in the north sloping to 1500 metres in the south.

Valid for Sunday, 06-Dec

Showers, turning to rain with heavy falls later in the day. Snow possible to 2000 metres in the south. WINDS:Gale or severe gale northwesterlies developing.

Freezing Level: Rising to about 3000 metres.

Valid for Monday, 07-Dec

Periods of rain, with snow possible to 1800 metres in the south. WINDS:Gale or severe gale northwesterlies.

Freezing Level: Above 3000 metres in the north, but lowering to 2000 metres in the south.

Issued: 4:29pm Thursday 3 Dec 2020