Heavy rain set to hit New Zealand this weekend

Heavy rain is on the way for parts of New Zealand this weekend, but WeatherWatch is warning it may not come to areas that are in need of it.

A storm from the Tasman Sea will be moving into the South Island over the coming days, bringing strong winds to some areas, including around the Cook Strait and the Southern Alps. 

WeatherWatch is also predicting the West Coast will receive heavy rain and the North Island will experience showers or a brief period of rain.

But some areas will likely miss out on heavy rain.

"Eastern areas are likely to receive even less, including the eastern South Island."

Heavy rain set to hit New Zealand this weekend
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From Friday to Sunday nights, eastern areas including Hawke's Bay and coastal Canterbury and Otago are likely to get no rain or maybe just 1mm.

The West Coast, however, is likely to get up to 125mm.

"The upper North Island has more hit and miss relief coming with between 10 and 30mm over the weekend."

Metservice said as the low-pressure system approaches New Zealand on Friday, Kiwis should expect muggy nights, along with the heavy rain and strong winds.