Brief Mountain Forecast for all New Zealand

North Island

Valid for Saturday, 02-Mar

Raukumara to Whirinaki Forest Parks: Fine at first. Cloud and the odd shower developing this evening. Remaining North Island mountain areas: Cloudy periods with a few showers, turning to rain this evening. WINDS: West or northwesterlies strengthening, rising to gale in exposed places this afternoon.

Freezing Level: Above 3000 metres.

Valid for Sunday, 03-Mar

Raukumara to Whirinaki Forest Parks: Mainly fine today, but cloud increasing this evening. Periods of rain or showers tomorrow, possibly heavy, Remaining North Island mountain areas: Mostly cloudy, with a few showers turning to rain this evening or overnight, possibly heavy and thundery. Rain clearing tomorrow morning then cloudy periods and the odd shower. WINDS: West or northwest winds, gale at times, with severe gales possible about the Ruahine and Tararua ranges.

Freezing Level: Above 3400 metres.

Valid for Monday, 04-Mar

Rain, becoming widespread and heavy, with possible thunderstorms in the west. WINDS:Gale to severe gale northwesterlies.

Freezing Level: Above 3000 metres, lowering to 1800 metres in the south and west late.

Valid for Tuesday, 05-Mar

Frequent showers, although isolated in the northeast, all easing late. WINDS:Gale westerlies, severe at first, easing later.

Freezing Level: Lowering to 1800 metres, but 2400 metre in the northeast.

Valid for Wednesday, 06-Mar

Partly cloudy with a few showers in the west and south, clearing later in the day to fine. Mainly fine in the northeast. WINDS:Southwesterlies, dying out late.

Freezing Level: Rising above 3000 metres.

Issued: 12:04pm Saturday 2 Mar 2024

South Island

Valid for Saturday, 02-Mar

Kaikoura ranges: Cloudy periods, with isolated showers developing this afternoon. Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes National Parks: Cloudy with a few showers, turning to rain this afternoon, heavy and possibly thundery. The Southern Alps to Fiordland: Periods of rain, heavy at times with possible thunderstorms. Snow lowering to 1500 metres in Fiordland tonight. WINDS: Strong west or northwesterlies, gale in exposed places, rising to severe gale this evening.

Freezing Level: About 3400 metres, lowering to 1900 metres in fiordland tonight.

Valid for Sunday, 03-Mar

Kaikoura ranges: Cloudy periods and a few showers, with possible thunderstorms. Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes National Parks, the Southern Alps and Mount Aspiring: Periods of rain or showers, heavy and possibly thundery at times, easing for a time tomorrow. Fiordland: Occasional rain, with heavy falls late tomorrow. Snow lowering to 1600 metres in Fiordland tonight. WINDS: Northwesterlies, gale at times with severe gales developing tomorrow evening.

Freezing Level: About 3200 metres, lowering to 1900 metres in fiordland tonight.

Valid for Monday, 04-Mar

Rain, with heavy falls and thunderstorms in the west for a time. Snow possible to 900 metres in the south late. WINDS:Gale to severe gale northwesterlies easing, and changing gale southwest in the south late.

Freezing Level: 3300 metres, sloping to 1600 metres in the south. lowering to 1800 metres but 1200 metres in the south later.

Valid for Tuesday, 05-Mar

Showers, some possibly heavy at first with snow to 800 metres in the south. However, partly cloudy with isolated showers about the central Main Divide and in the northeast. WINDS:Gale southwesterlies in exposed places, easing later.

Freezing Level: Lowering to 1500 metres but 1000 metres in the south early. rising to 1600 metres but 3000 metres in the south late.

Valid for Wednesday, 06-Mar

Showers about southern Fiordland. A few early showers in the northwest and about the Kaikoura ranges, clearing. Otherwise fine. WINDS:Southwesterlies, turning northwest about Fiordland later.

Freezing Level: Rising above 3500 metres.

Issued: 12:04pm Saturday 2 Mar 2024