SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 8:38pm 04-Aug-2015
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Bay Of Plenty Rotorua, Westland,
Buller, Nelson, Wairarapa, Wellington, Taranaki, Marlborough
HEAVY RAIN FOR THE RANGES OF EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY.
Unsettled weather is expected over New Zealand until at least the
weekend. A front is moving across northern New Zealand tonight
(Tuesday) and early Wednesday morning and is expected to become
slow-moving for a time from Northland to eastern Bay of Plenty,
before sinking southwards again during Wednesday afternoon and
evening. The heaviest rain is expected to be about the ranges of Bay
of Plenty east of Whakatane, where 90 to 120mm may accumulate from
this evening until tomorrow afternoon.
People are advised that streams and rivers are likely to rise
rapidly, with surface flooding and slips possible.
Warnings are lifted for all other areas, but be aware that many other
areas of the North Island remain on Watch for heavy rain tomorrow and
into Thursday, and some of these regions could be upgraded to a full
warning. This is a developing situation and there is the potential
for high-impact severe weather during the next few days.
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HEAVY RAIN WARNING
AREA/S AFFECTED: THE RANGES OF BAY OF PLENTY EAST OF WHAKATANE
Heavy rain is expected to develop in the ranges this evening and
continue until Wednesday afternoon. In the 18 hours between 9pm
Tuesday and 3pm Wednesday, 90 to 120mm of rain may accumulate.
Rainfall intensities could reach 15mm per hour during Wednesday
morning. Further heavy rain is likely during Thursday.
WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE
HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: WESTLAND FROM FOX GLACIER
HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: BULLER, INCLUDING THE
HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: WESTERN NELSON, INCLUDING
NELSON LAKES NATIONAL PARK
HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: THE TARARUA RANGE
HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: MT TARANAKI
Heavy rain has eased and the warning is lifted. However, Mt Taranaki
is now included in a Watch for the possibility of another burst of
heavy rain late Wednesday and during Thursday morning.
STRONG WIND WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: WELLINGTON, WAIRARAPA
SOUTH OF GREYTOWN
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00am Wednesday 05-Aug-2015
Forecast prepared by: Rochelle Fleming
For further information after 9pm Tuesday August 4th contact Duty
Forecaster Hordur Thordarson
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Short Range Forecast
Northland to Wellington, Bay of Plenty and central high country, also Wairarapa: Rain with heavy falls in northern areas, gradually spreading south today, with possible thunderstorms in Northland this evening. Rain clearing from west tomorrow morning and fine spells developing.
Gisborne to Wairarapa: Scattered rain in north, spreading south this afternoon, with some heavy falls about East cape, then clearing late tomorrow morning or afternoon.
Nelson and Buller: Fine today. Cloud increasing tomorrow, with rain later.
Westland and Fiordland: Cloudy periods, with isolated showers. Rain developing tomorrow morning with heavy falls, and possible thunderstorms about Fiordland at first.
Marlborough and North Canterbury: Fine.
Southern Canterbury to Southland: Fine today. Cloud increasing tomorrow, with a brief period of showers spreading north.
Chatham Islands: Fine today. Rain overnight, then mostly cloudy tomorrow, and rain returning in the evening.
Friday: North Island, rain or showers for most places, some heavy and thundery falls possible in the west. Brief scattered rain in the east. South Island, rain at times in the south and west, some heavy and possibly thundery falls in the west at first. Morning rain in the north and east, then high cloud.
Saturday: North Island, occasional rain or showers for most places,clearing Gisborne later. South Island, showers in the west gradually clearing. Scattered showers in the east, with snow to low levels. Mainly fine in Nelson.
Sunday: North Island, scattered showers, clearing from Waikato to north Taranaki and across to Bay of Plenty. South Island, fine in the west. Scattered showers in the east, with snow possible to low levels.
Chatham Islands: Rain to showers early Friday. Fresh northerlies turning westerly. A period of rain on Saturday then showers. Northwesterlies changing southwest. Showers with westerlies on Sunday.