Brief Mountain Forecast for all New Zealand

North Island

Valid for Saturday, 23-Sep

Raukumara and Huiarau Ranges: Showers, clearing this evening. Remaining North Island mountain areas: Fine, apart from isolated afternoon and evening showers. WINDS: Southeasterlies, turning southwest this afternoon.

Freezing Level: 2000 metres, rising to 2400 metres this evening.

Valid for Sunday, 24-Sep

Whirinaki to Raukumara Forest Parks: Occasional showers, some heavy, clearing tonight. Tomorrow, cloudy periods and a few showers from afternoon. Remaining North Island mountain parks: Cloudy periods and a few showers, mainly afternoons and evenings, turning to drizzle from Egmont to the Tararua Range tomorrow afternoon. WINDS: Southwesterlies strengthening, turning northwest and rising to gale about the Tararua Range tomorrow.

Freezing Level: 2200 metres, rising to 3000 metres sunday night.

Valid for Monday, 25-Sep

Cloudy with patchy rain or drizzle, but mainly fine north of the Kaweka Range. Westerlies strengthening, but northwesterlies rising to severe gale in the south.

Freezing Level: Rising above 3000 metres.

Valid for Monday, 25-Sep

Rain developing, heavy falls at night. Severe gale northwesterly.

Freezing Level: About 3000 metres.

Valid for Tuesday, 26-Sep

Rain, with heavy falls possible, easing to a few showers later. Snow lowering to 2000 metres. Severe gale northwesterly gradually easing.

Freezing Level: Lowering to 2200 metres.

Valid for Wednesday, 27-Sep

Showers, falling as snow down to 1700 metres, clearing later. Northwesterlies dying out.

Freezing Level: Lowering to 1900 metres.

Issued: 01:04pm Saturday, 23-Sep-2017

South Island

Valid for Saturday, 23-Sep

Kaikoura ranges: Fine, apart from isolated afternoon and evening showers. Kahurangi to Mt Aspiring National Park: Cloudy. Light rain spreading north during the day, mainly in the west. Fiordland: Rain, with snow to 1200 metres, easing to isolated showers this afternoon. WINDS: West to northwest winds.

Freezing Level: 2200 metres, lowering to 1600 metres in the far south for a time this morning.

Valid for Sunday, 24-Sep

Kaikoura ranges: Fine, apart from isolated showers today. Kahurangi to Fiordland National Park: In the west: Rain spreading north today. Heavy and thundery falls south of the Glaciers from later tomorrow. Snow to 1200 metres in southern Fiordland at first. In the east: Mainly fine. WINDS: Westerlies rising to gale this evening, and severe gale in exposed places from midday Sunday.

Freezing Level: 2200 metres, sloping to 1600 metres in the far south, rising to 2600 metres everywhere tomorrow morning.

Valid for Monday, 25-Sep

A few showers in the west, then rain spreading north during the afternoon with heavy and possibly thundery falls developing south of Mount Cook at night. Remaining dry in the east from Arthurs Pass to the Seaward Kaikoura Range. Northwesterlies, rising to severe gale.

Freezing Level: Rising to about 3000 metres.

Valid for Monday, 25-Sep

Rain for most, heavy at times with thunderstorms possible. Scattered lighter falls about the Kaikoura ranges. Snow lowering to 1400 metres in Fiordland. Severe gale northwesterlies easing.

Freezing Level: Lowering to 2400 metres in the north and 1800 metres in the south.

Valid for Tuesday, 26-Sep

Rain, possibly heavy at first, easing to a few showers west of the Divide and clearing elsewhere later. Snow down to 1400 metres. Northwesterly dying out.

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

Valid for Wednesday, 27-Sep

High cloud. A few showers, falling as snow down to 1400 metres, clearing later. Light winds.

Freezing Level: About 1700 metres in the north, but 1400 metres in the south.

Issued: 01:04pm Saturday, 23-Sep-2017