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Christchurch Weather


Weather map of Christchurch
wind
183

Ashburton

rain
145

Greymouth

rain
145

Hokitika

Forecast


Christchurch

Today
wind
20 4
Tomorrow
showers
11 -2
Monday
partly cloudy
11 -1
Tuesday
fine
13 2

Weather Warning


SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 9:01pm 01-Aug-2014
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Southland, Otago, Canterbury,
Marlborough, Wellington, Wairarapa, Fiordland, Westland, Taranaki

HEAVY RAIN FOR FIORDLAND AND THE SOUTHERN ALPS, INCLUDING THE OTAGO
AND CANTERBURY HEADWATERS, ALSO TARANAKI AND THE TARARUA RANGE.
SEVERE NORTHWEST GALES FOR EASTERN PARTS OF THE SOUTH ISLAND, ALSO
WELLINGTON AND WAIRARAPA.
A strong, moist northwest flow covers most of the country until a
front moves up the South Island on Saturday.
Periods of heavy rain are expected about the Southern Alps and west
of the South Island until Saturday and about Mount Taranaki and the
Tararua Range until Sunday. Meanwhile, strong to gale northwesterlies
are affecting many eastern areas of the South Island and also
Wellington and Wairarapa. The winds should ease in the South Island
during Saturday but remain strong in the North Island places until
Sunday morning.
Up to 250mm of rain is expected to fall about Fiordland and the
Southern Alps with significant spill-over into the headwaters of the
Otago and Canterbury lakes and rivers. About 250mm of rain is also
likely about Mount Taranaki and the Tararua Range, although 400mm is
possible about the summit of Mount Taranaki.
Wind gusts in exposed areas of Southland, Otago, Canterbury,
Marlborough, Wellington and Wairarapa may reach 130 km/h at times
during Saturday. In Canterbury, damaging gusts of 150 km/h are
possible for a time during Saturday afternoon.
In the areas affected by the heavy rain, rivers could rise rapidly
and there is the possibility of slips and surface flooding. Wind
gusts of 130 km/h or stronger have the potential to damage trees and
powerlines and create difficult 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.
______________________
HEAVY RAIN WARNING
______________________
AREA/S AFFECTED: FIORDLAND
FORECAST:
Heavy rain is expected until about midday Saturday. In the 15 hours
from 9pm Friday to midday Saturday expect a further 100 to 150mm to
accumulate. Peak intensities of 15 to 25mm/hr are likely with
possible thunderstorms.
FREEZING LEVEL: About 2200 metres.
AREA/S AFFECTED: WESTLAND SOUTH OF OTIRA
FORECAST:
Heavy rain is expected until late Saturday. In the 27 hours from 9pm
Friday to midnight Saturday expect a further 150 to 250mm about the
ranges. Note, 70 to 90mm is likely nearer the coast during the same
period. Peak intensities of 20 to 25mm/hr are likely about the ranges
during Saturday morning and afternoon with possible thunderstorms.
FREEZING LEVEL: 2200 metres.
AREA/S AFFECTED: HEADWATERS OF THE OTAGO LAKES AND RIVERS
FORECAST:
Significant spill-over rain is expected until Saturday afternoon. In
the 18 hours from 9pm Friday to 3pm Saturday expect 140 to 180mm
about the Divide, with 60 to 100mm within 20km of the Divide. Peak
intensities of 15 to 20mm/hr about the Divide are likely during
Saturday morning and afternoon.
FREEZING LEVEL: About 2200 metres.
AREA/S AFFECTED: HEADWATERS OF THE CANTERBURY LAKES AND RIVERS, ABOUT
AND SOUTH OF ARTHURS PASS
FORECAST:
Significant spill-over rain is expected until late Saturday. In the
27 hours from 9pm Friday to midnight Saturday expect 150 to 250mm to
accumulate about the Divide, especially south of the Rakaia River,
with 100 to 180mm within 20km east of the Divide. Peak intensities of
15 to 20mm/hr are possuble near the Divide during Saturday morning
and afternoon.
FREEZING LEVEL: About 2200 metres.
AREA/S AFFECTED: TARANAKI
FORECAST:
Sustained heavy rain is expected through to Sunday morning. Heaviest
falls are expected about the Mountain, but significant amounts are
also likely in areas north and west of the Mountain. In the 33 hours
from 9pm Friday through to 6am Sunday expect 150 to 250mm to
accumulate about the Mountain, but with 350 to 400mm possible about
the summit. Note, 90 to 120mm is likely about places nearer the coast
north and west of the Mountain. Peak intensities of 20 to 30mm/hr are
likely about the Mountain during Saturday and early Sunday.
AREA/S AFFECTED: THE TARARUA RANGE
FORECAST:
Heavy rain is expected until Sunday morning. In the 30 hours from
midnight Friday to 6am Sunday expect 200 to 250mm to accumulate. The
rain may ease for a period from late Saturday morning until
mid-afternoon. Peak intensities 15 to 20mm/hr Saturday evening and
early Sunday.
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STRONG WIND WARNING
_______________________
AREA/S AFFECTED: SOUTHLAND
FORECAST:
Severe northwesterly gales are expected in exposed places until early
Saturday morning. Wind gusts of 130km/h are possible in exposed
places until about 3am Saturday.
AREA/S AFFECTED: OTAGO
FORECAST:
Severe northwesterly gales are expected at times through to early
Saturday, with gusts of 130km/h possible in exposed places until 6am
Saturday.
AREA/S AFFECTED: CANTERBURY
FORECAST:
Severe northwest gales are expected at times through to Saturday
evening, with gusts of 130 km/h in exposed areas, and may reach 150
km/h in some places during Saturday afternoon. The strongest winds
are most likely about the Mackenzie Country and near the Foothills,
but are likely to spread to the plains during Saturday afternoon.
AREA/S AFFECTED: MARLBOROUGH
FORECAST:
Severe northwest gales are expected until Saturday evening, with
gusts of 120km/h, but 140km/h in the lee of the Kaikoura Range late
afternoon and early evening Saturday.
AREA/S AFFECTED: WELLINGTON
FORECAST:
Severe northwest gales are expected until midnight Saturday, with
gusts of 130km/h likely in exposed places.
AREA/S AFFECTED: WAIRARAPA
FORECAST:
Severe northwest gales are expected from midnight Friday until early
Sunday morning, with gusts of 140km/h, especially during Saturday
evening.
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00am Saturday 02-Aug-2014
Forecast prepared by: Allister Gorman
For further information after 9pm contact Duty Forecaster Gerard
Barrow or William Nepe
A service provided through a contract with the Crown

Short Range Forecast

Northland, Auckland, Coromandel and Waikato: Cloudy with patchy drizzle.

Waitomo, Taranaki, Taupo, Taumarunui, Taihape Bay of Plenty : Occasional rain, with heavy falls about the central high country.

Wanganui, Manawatu: Mostly cloudy, with scattered rain.

Kapiti, Wellington and Wairarapa: Rain, with heavy falls about the ranges. Northwest gales in Wellington and Wairarapa.

Gisborne and Hawkes Bay: High cloud.

Nelson, Marlborough excluding the Kaikoura Coast: Periods of rain, persistent and heavy from afternoon. Northwest gales about the Sounds.

Buller, Westland, Fiordland: Rain, heavy at times, thunderstorms Westland southwards, easing in Fiordland later with snow lowering to 300 metres there.

Canterbury, also Kaikoura Coast: Severe northwest gales, in exposed places. High cloud, scattered rain.

Otago and Southland: Rain, with heavy falls and snow lowering to 300 metres from afternoon.

Chatham Islands: Few showers.

Extended Forecast

valid to :
Sunday: North Island, rain becoming heavier and more persistent,then easing to showers, northwesterlies dying away. South Island, rain or showers in most places, snow on the hills in the south and east, then fine apart from showers in the far south.

Monday: North Island, showers in the east from Coromandel Peninsula to Napier, remaining showers elsewhere clearing and becoming fine. South Island, mainly fine, a few coastal showers in the south.

Tuesday: North Island, mainly fine, cloudy periods and a few showers in the west from Northland to Manawatu. South Island, showers spreading up the west coast, turning to rain in the south, fine elsewhere apart from showers near Foveaux Strait.

Chatham Islands: Rain on Sunday, easing to showers later and northwesterlies turning lighter southwest. Occasional showers and southerly winds on Monday and Tuesday.

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