Farmers braced for bad weather as 'complex system' approaches

Farmers can expect some challenging conditions this week, with weather set to take a turn for the worse.

MetService says a significant weather system from the south is likely to see strong winds, heavy rain and possible heavy snow to some parts of the country. 

MetService Meteorologist Tui McInnes said mild conditions have seen the week off to a great start, however that's about to change. 

"A complex weather system develops from the south mid-week and we are currently forecasting strong winds for much of the country, widespread heavy rain and the potential of heavy snow for inland South Island," she said.

Strong winds are expected to lash exposed places in the South Island in the middle of the week, before spreading further north across the North Island.

Rainfall associated with the system will be widespread, with the entire country set to get wet during the week. 

Farmers braced for bad weather as 'complex system' approaches
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Significant rainfall accumulation is expected for the western and eastern coasts of the South Island along with the upper North Island.

Heavy snow is also a significant factor with this event, with snow forecast to low levels for inland South Island and the Central Plateau.

Farmers braced for bad weather as 'complex system' approaches
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A number of weather warnings are expected to be put in place in the coming days.

"A weather system such as this has the potential to be quite disruptive," said Ms McInnes.

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