Wet weekend weather for most


Prepare for your hopes of a fine weekend to be dashed as heavy rain moves in across the country.

Most areas in the North Island and top of the South Island are in store for downpours with slips and surface flooding likely.

Severe weather warnings are in place for Westland, Buller and Mount Taranaki, while Metservice says Wellington, Kapiti Horowhenua, Wairarapa and Taranaki are also set to get drenched.

Metservice meteorologist Claire Flynn says wet weather from the West Coast is moving north.

"We've got a low pressure system that's approaching the North Island and it's spreading a front across the island, bringing rain to a lot of people. It's a similar story for the top of the South Island."

Windy Wellington is also set to live up to its name with strong north to northwest winds expected on Saturday morning.

Ms Flynn is warning motorists to take care on the roads.

"Certainly with large rainfall accumulation, slips can happen and surface flooding and things like that. So really, people need to be aware if they are going out and about or driving on the roads and be aware of the conditions and drive to the conditions."

Cantabrians will have the last laugh this weekend as the only spot in the country guaranteed to catch some sun.