Brief Mountain Forecast for all New Zealand

North Island

Valid for Thursday, 19-May

Raukumara to Kaweka Forest Parks : Periods of rain, with some heavy falls about the Raukumara range. Remaining North Island mountain areas: Showers, turning to rain this afternoon with some heavy falls and squally thunderstorms and hail. Snow lowering to 2000 metres. WINDS: Northwesterlies rising to severe gale this morning.

Freezing Level: 3000 metres, lowering to 2400 metres in the south and west this afternoon.

Valid for Friday, 20-May

Showers, some heavy. Snow lowering to 800 metres. WINDS:Severe gale westerlies, easing late.

Freezing Level: Lowering to 1200 metres.

Valid for Saturday, 21-May

Showers, some heavy. Snow to 1600 metres in the north and 1200 metres in the south. WINDS:Gale southwesterlies, severe gale in exposed places.

Freezing Level: Rising to 2200 metres in the north and 1600 metres in the south.

Valid for Sunday, 22-May

Occasional showers, but fine from Whirinaki Forest Park northwards . Snow to 1400 metres in the north and 1000 metres in the south. WINDS:Gale southwesterlies.

Freezing Level: Becoming 2200 metres everywhere later.

Issued: 1:18am Thursday 19 May 2022

South Island

Valid for Thursday, 19-May

Kaikoura Ranges: Mostly cloudy. A few showers developing this afternoon, possibly heavy. Remaining South Island mountain areas: Periods of rain, with heavy falls and squally thunderstorms and hail. Snow lowering to 1400 metres in the north but 800 metres south of Mt Cook. WINDS: Severe northwest gales.

Freezing Level: Gradually lowering to 1800 metres in the north and 1200 metres in the south.

Valid for Friday, 20-May

Rain or showers, clearing between Mt Aspiring and Arthur's Pass. Snow lowering to 400 metres in the south. WINDS:Turning southwesterly, gale in exposed places.

Freezing Level: Lowering to 1400 metres in the north and 700 metres in the south.

Valid for Saturday, 21-May

Cloudy and showery, but dry between Mt Aspiring and Arthur's Pass. Snow to 400 metres in the south. WINDS:Severe gale southwesterlies.

Freezing Level: Rising to 1800 metres in the north, sloping to 800 metres in the south.

Valid for Sunday, 22-May

Fine for most, but a few showers for Kahurangi National Park. Periods of rain for Fiordland with snow to 600 metres at first. WINDS:Southwesterlies, gale in exposed places, gradually easing.

Freezing Level: 1500 metres, sloping to 800 metres in the south. rising to 2000 metres, but 1200 metres in the south.

Issued: 1:18am Thursday 19 May 2022