Weather: Rain expected to lash the country for the rest of the school holidays

It's school holidays, which typically means some unsettled weather is set to lash the country.

Forecaster WeatherWatch says there are a number of fronts coming to New Zealand during the next week. Meanwhile, national forecaster MetService on Wednesday gave its severe weather outlook for the weekend - with rain forecast in some areas.

"Over 200mm is forecast between now and the end of Sunday on some parts of the West Coast," WeatherWatch said in a statement.

MetService has issued a heavy rain watch for Fiordland and Westland. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria on Friday, with more significant heavy rain expected late Saturday.

Auckland can expect rain on Friday before copping a break on Saturday, MetService says. More rain will return on Sunday.

Further south, Hamilton has been told to expect rain from Friday until Monday, and Wellington Friday to Sunday.

It's looking a bit more promising on the east coast of the South Island, with fine weather expected in Christchurch with the exception of some rain on Sunday.

Dunedin can expect much the same with some late rain predicted on Saturday.


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