SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 3:10pm 06-Mar-2015
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Westland, Canterbury, Taranaki,
BURST OF HEAVY RAIN FOR WESTLAND SATURDAY MORNING. HEAVY RAIN EASING
An active front which brought heavy rain and northerly gales to parts
of the upper South Island and lower North Island, is now weakening
and should clear the country this evening.
Meanwhile, a second active front, associated with a deep low, is
expected to pass east over the country on Saturday bringing a burst
of heavy rain and thunderstorms to many western places, especially
about central areas. Warning amounts of rain are expected about the
Westland south of Otira during Saturday morning, where 90 to 120mm is
expected to fall about the ranges over a 9 hour period.
People should be aware that this amount of rain over a short period
of time could cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly, surface
flooding and hazardous driving conditions.
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HEAVY RAIN WARNING
AREA/S AFFECTED: WESTLAND SOUTH OF OTIRA
Heavy rain is expected to return for a time Saturday morning. In the
9 hours from 3am to midday Saturday, expect 90 to 120mm to accumulate
about the ranges with 60 to 80mm near the coast. Peak intensities of
25 to 40mm/hr in thunderstorms.
FREEZING LEVEL: 2300 metres
WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE
HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: CANTERBURY HEADWATERS
HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: MOUNT TARANAKI
HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: NORTHERN WESTLAND,
INCLUDING THE PAPAROA RANGE
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00pm Friday 06-Mar-2015
Forecast prepared by: Leigh Matheson
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Short Range Forecast
Northland to Wellington, including Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and the central high country: Rain spreading east during the day, heavy with squally thunderstorms south of Auckland from afternoon, easing to isolated showers in the north this evening.
Gisborne to Wairarapa: High cloud this morning. Scattered showers spreading north this afternoon.
Marlborough, Nelson, Buller, Westland, Fiordland, also Canterbury High Country: Rain with heavy thundery falls, easing in Fiordland this morning and elsewhere this evening.
The remainder of Canterbury, Otago and Southland: Scattered showers developing this morning, turning to rain in Otago and Southland by afternoon.
Chatham Islands: Cloudy with showers, turning to rain this evening.
Sunday: North Island, A few morning showers for most places then fine spells. South Island, Showers clearing east of the divide in the morning. However,isolated afternoon showers about inland Canterbury.
Monday: North Island, showers developing in the west from Taranaki to Wellington. Mainly fine elsewhere. South Island, a few showers in the south and west. Mainly fine elsewhere.
Tuesday: North Island, mainly fine apart from a few showers in the west, south of Auckland. South Island, Showers for most places, becoming heavy in the west,but remaining fine in the north.
Chatham Islands: Rain, briefly heavy with strong northerlies, changing westerly and easing to showers Sunday morning. Showers clearing on Monday and westerlies easing. Fine spells on Tuesday and northerlies developing.