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New Zealand Weather

      

Weather Warning


SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 9:02pm 16-Apr-2014
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Nelson, Marlborough, Taranaki,
Wellington, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay Of Plenty Rotorua, Northland,
Auckland, Gisborne, Canterbury, Wairarapa, Waikato, Taupo, Taihape,
Taumarunui, Wanganui, Manawatu, Buller, Westland

HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG WINDS FORECAST FOR MANY PARTS OF NORTHERN AND
CENTRAL NEW ZEALAND
A deep low lying northwest of the upper North Island is forecast to
move slowly south tonight and Thursday to lie slow moving west of
central New Zealand by Friday. Easterly gales are expected to affect
many parts of northern and central New Zealand during Thursday, with
severe gales for a time about exposed western and central areas from
Northland down to Wellington and also about northern and western
parts of the South Island. Gusts of 110 to 140 km/h are likely in
exposed parts of these areas during Thursday, which have the
potential to damage trees, powerlines and unsecure structures, and
make driving hazardous.
A burst of heavy rain is also expected for many parts of the North
Island and northern and eastern parts of the South Island. Warning
amounts of rain are expected during Thursday about Northland,
Auckland, the Coromandel Ranges, western Bay of Plenty, the Gisborne
ranges, the eastern hills of Wellington and the Tararua Range, the
Nelson and Marlborough ranges, and Canterbury. The heaviest falls are
likely about Mt Taranaki and the Marlborough and Nelson Ranges with
200 to 300mm likely, but 120 to 150mm are also expected about the
Gisborne Ranges, Tararua Range and the Canterbury foothills.
People in these areas are advised to watch out for rapidly rising
streams and rivers, surface flooding, slips and hazardous driving
conditions.
FOR THE LATEST WEATHER AND FORECAST CHARTS PLEASE GO TO
http://metservice.com
MORE DETAILED INFORMATION FOR EMERGENCY MANAGERS AND TECHNICAL USERS
FOLLOWS.
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HEAVY RAIN WARNING
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AREA/S AFFECTED: NELSON
FORECAST:
Rain is expected to pick up again overnight Wednesday, with heavy
falls during Thursday and possibly Friday. In the 21 hours from 3am
to midnight Thursday, expect 200 to 300mm about the ranges of
northwest Nelson, with 70 to 100mm about some low lying areas.
Heaviest falls are expected from late Thursday morning through to
Thursday evening, when rates could reach 30 to 50mm per hour about
the ranges of northwest Nelson.
FREEZING LEVEL: 3200 metres.
AREA/S AFFECTED: MARLBOROUGH, INCLUDING THE RICHMOND RANGES AND THE
KAIKOURA COAST AND RANGES
FORECAST:
Rain is expected to pick up again early Thursday, with heavy falls
through to early Friday morning. In the 21 hours from 6am Thursday to
3am Friday, expect 200 to 300mm about the ranges, with 70 to 100mm
about some low lying areas. Heaviest falls are expected during
afternoon and evening, when rates could reach 25 to 40mm per hour
about the ranges.
FREEZING LEVEL: About 3000 metres.
AREA/S AFFECTED: TARANAKI
FORECAST:
Further heavy rain is expected about Mt Taranaki Thursday morning and
afternoon. In the 14 hours from 3am to 5pm Thursday, expect a further
150 to 200mm of rain about higher slopes of Mt Taranaki, with 70 to
90mm possible about some lower lying areas.
AREA/S AFFECTED: EASTERN HILLS OF WELLINGTON
FORECAST:
Periods of heavy rain are expected from Thursday morning. In the 18
hours from 6am to midnight Thursday expect 80 to 100mm to accumulate.
Peak intensities of 10 to 15mm per hour Thursday afternoon and
evening.
AREA/S AFFECTED: COROMANDEL PENINSULA AND WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY
FORECAST:
A period of heavy rain is expected during Thursday. In the 13 hours
from 5am to 6pm Thursday, expect 120 to 150mm about the ranges, with
50 to 70mm in low lying areas.
AREA/S AFFECTED: NORTHLAND NORTH OF WHANGAREI
FORECAST:
Heavy rain, especially about the hills, is expected to clear Thursday
morning. In the 14 hours from 8pm tonight (Wednesday) until 10am
Thursday expect 70 to 100mm to accumulate. Peak intensities 15 to
20mm per hour during Thursday morning.
AREA/S AFFECTED: AUCKLAND
FORECAST:
Rain is expected to become heavy early Thursday morning, easing early
afternoon. A short burst of high intensity rainfall is likely late
Thursday morning. In the 12 hours from 1am to 1pm Thursday expect 70
to 90mm to accumulate, especially about the Hunua Range. Peak
intensities of 15 to 20mm per hour late Thursday morning.
AREA/S AFFECTED: GISBORNE AND EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY RANGES
FORECAST:
Heavy rain is expected during Thursday afternoon and evening. In the
12 hours from 11am to 11pm Thursday expect 120 to 140mm to
accumulate, mainly about the Raukumara Range and the hill country
south of Gisborne City. Peak intensities 20 to 30mm per hour during
Thursday afternoon and early evening.
AREA/S AFFECTED: CANTERBURY
FORECAST:
Rain is expected to spread south Thursday afternoon, with heavy falls
about the foothills and Banks Peninsula. Sleet likely above 800
metres at first. In the 24 hours from midday Thursday north of
Christchurch and 3pm south of Christchurch expect 120 to 150mm to
accumulate about the foothills and Banks Peninsula, with 50 to 70mm
accumulating about lower lying areas, including Christchurch City.
FREEZING LEVEL: 1500 metres at first, quickly rising to 2500 metres
during Thursday afternoon and evening.
AREA/S AFFECTED: THE TARARUA RANGE
FORECAST:
Periods of heavy rain are expected tonight and Thursday. In the 28
hours from 8pm Wednesday until midnight Thursday expect 120 to 160mm
to accumulate. Peak intensities 10 to 15mm per hour Thursday
afternoon and evening.
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STRONG WIND WARNING
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AREA/S AFFECTED: NORTHLAND
FORECAST:
Northeast gales are forecast to develop overnight, with severe gales
gusting 120 km/h expected in exposed areas between 2am and 10am
Thursday.
AREA/S AFFECTED: AUCKLAND
FORECAST:
Northeast gales are forecast to develop by dawn Thursday, with severe
gales gusting 120 km/h expected in exposed areas between 5am and 1pm
Thursday.
AREA/S AFFECTED: COROMANDEL PENINSULA AND EASTERN WAIKATO NEAR THE
KAIMAI RANGE
FORECAST:
Easterly gales are forecast to develop early Thursday, with severe
gales gusting 120 km/h expected in exposed areas between 6am and 3pm
Thursday.
AREA/S AFFECTED: THE CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND HIGH COUNTRY AND HIGHER
PARTS OF TARANAKI
FORECAST:
Easterly gales are forecast to develop Thursday morning, with severe
gales gusting 120 km/h expected in exposed areas between 9am and 6pm
Thursday.
AREA/S AFFECTED: MANAWATU AND HOROWHENUA KAPITI COAST
FORECAST:
Easterly gales are forecast to develop late Thursday morning, with
severe gales gusting 120 km/h expected in exposed areas between
midday and midnight Thursday.
AREA/S AFFECTED: NORTHERN WELLINGTON AND EXPOSED HILL TOPS AND ALSO
THE MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS
FORECAST:
Southeast gales are forecast to develop Thursday morning, with severe
gales gusting 120 km/h expected in exposed areas between 9am and 9pm
Thursday.
AREA/S AFFECTED: BULLER AND WESTLAND
FORECAST:
Southeast gales are forecast to develop Thursday morning, with severe
gales gusting 140 km/h expected in exposed areas between 6am and
midnight Thursday.
AREA/S AFFECTED: NELSON
FORECAST:
East to southeast gales are expected in exposed areas during
Thursday, with possible gusts of 110 km/h between 6am and 6pm, mainly
about higher areas and exposed parts of Golden Bay.
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00am Thursday 17-Apr-2014
Forecast prepared by: Leigh Matheson
For further information after 9pm contact Duty Forecaster John Crouch
or Micky Malivuk
A service provided through a contract with the Crown

Short Range Forecast

Heavy rain and severe gale warnings in force for northern and central New Zealand.

Northland to Taranaki, also Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and Taupo: Periods of rain, with heavy and possibly thundery falls and with severe gale northeasterlies. Wind and rain easing north of Auckland late morning, and further south during the afternoon or evening.

Gisborne and Hawkes Bay: Rain developing.

Wanganui to Wellington, also Wairarapa, Nelson, Marlborough and Buller: Rain with some heavy falls. Severe gale easterlies developing in exposed places.

Canterbury: Periods of rain, some heavy falls developing especially inland.

Westland: Scattered rain. Severe gale easterlies developing.

Fiordland: Cloudy periods.

Otago and Southland: Mostly cloudy. Drizzle patches about eastern Otago.

Chatham Islands: Rain developing.

Extended Forecast

valid to :
Friday: North Island, showers, but heavier rain in the south and east at first. South Island, rain in the north and east with heavy falls, scattered falls elsewhere.

Saturday: North Island, showers, but only a chance of a shower in the south and east. South Island, heavy rain setting in along the west coast and rain about Nelson and northern Marlborough, drizzle in the east clearing and scattered falls elsewhere.

Sunday: North Island, showers for most places, but fine spells in the east. South Island, Heavy rain in the north and west, brief rain in the south and dry in the east.

Chatham Islands: Cloudy periods on Friday, rain developing on Saturday, clearing on Sunday as strong northeasterlies turn to lighter northwesterlies.

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