After a hot week, rain is expected for much of the country

Farmers and gardeners will be relieved, as rain is expected for many parts of the country today after a week of dry, summery weather.

A large high pressure system which has loitered over the country is due to depart to the east today, giving way to a low and associated front of rain coming in from the Tasman.

According to Metservice, the front has already moved onto the South Island this morning and will reach central New Zealand by tonight.

Most places in the North Island should expect rain or showers tomorrow, with the weather clearing up on Wednesday.

There is a heavy rain watch in place for the ranges of Westland south of Franz Josef Glacier and Fiordland and a strong wind watch for Fiordland, western Southland, including Stewart island.

For a full forecast for your region, see our weather section here.

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