Weekend weather: Motatapu on rain watch

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Rain is expected to be both a blessing and a curse for the at tomorrow’s 11th Motatapu Off-Road Sporting Event.

It might feel slightly cooler for the athletes but they will have to contend with muddy conditions under-foot – or under-tyre.

Mountain Scene weather guru Chris Stephenson says rain’s likely to start in the early morning on Saturday and ease to showers in the afternoon as winds change to cooler southerlies.

That’s thanks to a depression and frontal system moving across the South Island.

Stephenson: “The track is likely to be muddy following rain on Friday and with more rain in Saturday contestants will need to take extra care.

He’s picking Saturday’s temperature to peak at about 16 or 17 degrees, but it will feel cooler in the rain.

“As the southerly change arrives in the afteroon, the temperature should lower to around 14 or 15.”

Stephenson had 23 years in Metservice, including a stint as a non-degreed forecaster writing forecasts for New Zealand media.

weather@scene.co.nz