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Severe weather to hit NZ on Wednesday

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/01/2017

As people in most parts of the country are just getting used to the sunshine, a combination of extreme lows, high winds and heavy rains are set to hit.

On Wednesday, the capital is also in for some heavy rain and high winds, which may get as strong as 160km/h.

Metservice meteorologist, Tom Adams, said planes and ferry travel may be affected, and cyclists, motorcyclists and high-sided vehicles should take care, and even to avoid travel if possible.

The Wairarapa, Canterbury and Marlborough can also expect severe northwesterly gales gusting 150km/h in exposed places from late Wednesday afternoon until Thursday morning.

The lower South Island will be met with a deepening low, or a "bomb low" that moves east on Thursday.

"It's definitely not going to affect everybody, it'll affect some people more in some places," Mr Adams said.

Fiordland, Westland, Buller and the bottom of the North island are in for a big soaking of rain.

Up to 300 millimetres of rain is expected in the Southern Alps in just 24 hours, which may cause rivers to rise rapidly later in the week.

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