Brief Mountain Forecast for all New Zealand

North Island

Valid for Friday, 23-Feb

Fine apart from isolated afternoon showers. WINDS: Southerlies easing. Northwesterlies developing south of the Volcanoes.

Freezing Level: About 2800 metres.

Valid for Saturday, 24-Feb

Te Urewera National Park and Raukumara Forest Park: Cloudy periods and a few showers, mainly afternoon and evening when some could be heavy. Remaining North Island mountain parks: Mainly fine. WINDS: Southerlies, dying out tonight. Northwesterlies developing south of Tongariro tomorrow, rising to gale about the Tararua Forest Park tomorrow evening.

Freezing Level: About 2800 metres, rising above 3000 metres tonight.

Valid for Sunday, 25-Feb

Fine spells and isolated showers. Northwesterlies rising to gale, and to severe gale in the south.

Freezing Level: Above 3000 metres.

Valid for Monday, 26-Feb

Showers turning to rain, brief heavy falls possible. Gale or severe gale northwesterlies, changing strong southerly, gale about Egmont National Park.

Freezing Level: Above 3000 metres, briefly lowering to 2400 metres.

Valid for Tuesday, 27-Feb

Showers about the eastern ranges becoming isolated. Mainly fine elsewhere.Strong or gale southeasterlies easing.

Freezing Level: Above 3000 metres.

Issued: 01:13pm Friday, 23-Feb-2018

South Island

Valid for Friday, 23-Feb

Kahurangi National Park and the Southern Alps north of Mount Cook: Cloudy periods in the west with a few showers. Mostly fine in the east, with isolated afternoon showers. The remainder of the Southern Alps, also Nelson Lakes National Park and the Kaikoura Ranges: Fine apart from isolated afternoon showers. Fiordland: Occasional showers, mainly in the south. WINDS: Southwesterlies, strong in exposed places.

Freezing Level: About 2800 metres.

Valid for Saturday, 24-Feb

Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes National Park, also the Kaikoura Ranges and the Southern Alps north of Mount Cook: Cloudy periods with a few showers west of the main divide. Fine in the east, apart from isolated showers this afternoon. Fiordland and the remainder of the Southern Alps: A few showers, turning to rain in Fiordland tomorrow evening. WINDS: Southwesterlies, dying out tonight. Northwesterlies developing tomorrow, becoming strong later and rising to severe gales in exposed places in Fiordland tomorrow evening.

Freezing Level: About 3000 metres, rising to 3800 metres tomorrow.

Valid for Sunday, 25-Feb

Rain developing about and west of the Main Divide, heavy falls possible south of Mt Cook. Mainly fine elsewhere. Gale or severe gale northwesterlies,changing strong or gale southerly south of Arthurs Pass.

Freezing Level: Above 3500 metres, lowering to 1800 metres in the far south.

Valid for Monday, 26-Feb

Rain with possible heavy falls north of Arthurs Pass, and snow down to 1700 metres, easing to showers. Isolated showers in the far south. Mainly fine elsewhere. Winds changing strong southerly throughout, then easing.

Freezing Level: Rising above 3500 metres.

Valid for Tuesday, 27-Feb

Mainly fine. Cloudy periods and isolated showers about and north of Nelson Lakes. Light winds.

Freezing Level: Above 3500 metres.

Issued: 01:13pm Friday, 23-Feb-2018