Weather: Heavy rain pours across New Zealand

Dismal weather has set in across much of New Zealand, bringing with it heavy rain and strong gusts.

A slow moving trough of low pressure is forecast to affect central and northern New Zealand until late Monday.

MetService has issued a severe weather watch for heavy rain for eastern areas of Wellington, parts of Wairarapa and Hawke's Bay.

The heaviest rain is expected in eastern Marlborough, with a heavy rain warning issued.

NIWA says the wettest place on Saturday morning so far has been the Hawke's Bay's Mahia, with Auckland in second place.

Wellington faces a windy day with breezy southerlies.

"Wind gusts of 70+ km/h are likely in the Wellington area Saturday. For most, that's a windy day. Though for hardy Wellingtonians, it's a modest breeze," NIWA says.

"However, with air temps between 12 to 14degC, wind gusts will make it feel more like 7 to 9degC."


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