SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 8:28pm 07-Oct-2015
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Canterbury, Otago, Southland
SEVERE GALE NORTHWESTERLIES HAVE EASED OVER SOUTHLAND, OTAGO AND
SOUTH CANTERBURY AND SHOULD EASE OVER NORTH CANTERBURY TONIGHT.
A front is moving up the South Island preceded by a strong northwest
flow. Severe gales have eased over Southland, Otago and South
Canterbury. Severe northwest gales affecting areas from Christchurch
northwards should ease gradually from the south between 8pm and 11pm
tonight (Wednesday). Damaging gusts of 140 km/h or more are expected
People are advised that winds of this strength have the potential to
damage trees, powerlines and unsecured structures, as well as making
driving conditions hazardous, especially for high-sided vehicles and
motorcycles. Also note, these winds could exacerbate the fire risk.
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STRONG WIND WARNING
AREA/S AFFECTED: CANTERBURY
Severe northwest gales have eased over South Canterbury. Severe
northwest gales affecting areas from Christchurch northwards are
expected to ease gradually from the south between 8pm and 11pm
tonight (Wednesday). Damaging gusts of 140 km/h, or possibly more,
are expected until then.
WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE
STRONG WIND WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: SOUTHLAND AND CLUTHA
STRONG WIND WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: OTAGO (EXCEPT CLUTHA)
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00am Thursday 08-Oct-2015
Forecast prepared by: Erick Brenstrum
A service provided through a contract with the Crown
Short Range Forecast
Northland to Taranaki, including Coromandel and western Bay of Plenty: Scattered showers clearing from the west this morning, and fine spells increasing. However, a few showers returning to Coromandel and western areas of Northland this evening.
Wellington and Horowhenua Kapiti Coast: A few morning showers clearing and fine spells increasing.
Remainder of Bay of Plenty, Gisborne and Wanganui to Wairarapa, also Marlborough and Nelson: Scattered showers, some heavy in the afternoon with small hail. Showers clearing south of Wanganui this evening and elsewhere at night.
Buller, Westland and Fiordland: A few showers, with snow to 500 metres in Fiordland before dawn. Showers clearing Westland this morning.
Canterbury: Fine spells, and isolated afternoon showers inland.
Otago and Southland: Showers retreating to Clutha and Southland coasts by afternoon, and clearing elsewhere.
Chatham Islands: Showers with southwest gales.
Friday: North Island, mainly fine, evening cloud and a few showers in the west from Northland to Taranaki. South Island, cloudy periods and isolated showers in the west and south. Mainly fine elsewhere.
Saturday: Cloudy periods and a few showers in the west of both island, also about Foveaux Strait. Mainly fine elsewhere.
Sunday: North Island, cloudy periods and isolated showers in the north and west. Mainly fine elsewhere. South Island, showers in Fiordland becoming more frequent. Occasional drizzle further north in the west, also about Foveaux Strait. Mainly fine elsewhere.
Chatham Islands: Showers and gale westerlies on Friday, both gradually easing. Cloudy periods and the odd shower on Saturday. Mainly fine with strong westerlies on Sunday.