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Weather Warning


SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 1:21pm 26-Apr-2015
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Fiordland, Westland, Buller, Nelson,
Marlborough, Otago, Canterbury, Taranaki, Bay Of Plenty Rotorua,
Wellington

HEAVY RAIN AND GALES FOR MANY PLACES AS A SIGNIFICANT TROUGH MOVES
ACROSS NEW ZEALAND
A broad, complex trough, preceded by a strong, moist northerly flow,
is expected to slowly pass east over the country during Sunday and
Monday. A band of very heavy rain and northerly gales precede this
trough, affecting the South Island today and Monday, then the North
Island during Monday and early Tuesday. The heaviest falls are
expected in Westland, where 450mm of rain is possible about the
ranges for this event. The ranges of Nelson and Mt Taranaki may also
receive over 200mm of rain in a 24 hour period.
This is a significant amount of rain even for these areas and people
there are advised that rivers and streams will rise rapidly and that
surface flooding and slips are likely, as well as hazardous driving
conditions.
This Warning now also includes the likelihood of severe gales for
Taranaki, the Marlborough Sounds and Wellington during Monday, where
gusts of 120-130km/h are possible. Winds of this strength have the
potential to damage trees, powerlines and insecure structures, as
well as make driving conditions hazardous.
** Warning updated at 1:20pm to correct mistake in CANTERBURY
HEADWATERS Warning **
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: FIORDLAND
FORECAST:
Heavy rain is expected to ease early Sunday afternoon. In the 4 hours
between 9am and 1pm Sunday, expect a further 50-70mm on top of what
has already fallen. Peak intensities of around 20mm per hour and
thunderstorms are also possible.
FREEZING LEVEL: About 3000 metres
AREA/S AFFECTED: WESTLAND SOUTH OF LAKE MOERAKI
FORECAST:
Heavy rain is expected to slowly ease from the south late Sunday
afternoon. In the 9 hours between 9am and 6pm Sunday, expect a
further 100-150mm about the ranges and another 50-70mm near the
coast. Peak intensities of 25 to 35mm per hour. Thunderstorms are
also possible.
FREEZING LEVEL: About 3200 metres.
AREA/S AFFECTED: WESTLAND BETWEEN OTIRA AND LAKE MOERAKI
FORECAST:
Heavy rain is expected to slowly ease from the south overnight Sunday
and early Monday morning. In the 18 hours between 9am Sunday and 3am
Monday, expect a further 200-250mm about the ranges, but another
300mm is possible about some higher peaks. A further 70-100mm is
expected near the coast during this time. Peak intensities of 25 to
35mm per hour. Thunderstorms are also possible this afternoon and
evening.
FREEZING LEVEL: About 3200 metres.
AREA/S AFFECTED: THE REMAINDER OF WESTLAND AND BULLER
FORECAST:
Rain is expected to become heavy around midday Sunday. In the 18
hours from midday Sunday to 6am Monday, expect 100 to 150mm of rain,
especially about the Paparoa Range. Peak intensities of 20 to 30mm
per hour Sunday night.
FREEZING LEVEL: About 3300 metres.
AREA/S AFFECTED: NELSON, INCLUDING THE RICHMOND AND BRYANT RANGES,
ALSO THE MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS
FORECAST:
Northerly rain is expected to become heavy Sunday evening. In the 24
hours from 6pm Sunday to 6pm Monday, expect 200-250mm about the
ranges. 100-120mm is possible elsewhere. Peak intensities of 20-30mm
per hour Monday morning and early afternoon. Thunderstorms are also
possible in the west.
FREEZING LEVEL: About 3300 metres
AREA/S AFFECTED: THE HEADWATERS OF THE OTAGO LAKES AND RIVERS.
FORECAST:
Heavy rain is expected to ease this afternoon. In the 9 hours between
9am and 6pm Sunday, expect a further 100-120mm close to the Divide
and another 50-70mm within 15km east of the Divide. Peak intensities
of around 30mm per hour Sunday morning.
FREEZING LEVEL: About 3200 metres.
AREA/S AFFECTED: THE HEADWATERS OF THE CANTERBURY LAKES AND RIVERS
FORECAST:
Heavy rain is expected to ease early Monday morning. In the 18 hours
between 9am Sunday and 3am Monday, expect a further 200-250mm close
to the Divide, with over 100mm falling within 15km east of the
Divide. Peak intensities of around 30mm per hour. Thunderstorms are
also possible this afternoon and evening.
FREEZING LEVEL: About 3200 metres.
AREA/S AFFECTED: TARANAKI
FORECAST:
Rain is expected to become heavy overnight Sunday. In the 21 hours
between 3am and midnight Monday expect 200-250mm to accumulate on Mt
Taranaki, with 100-120mm possible elsewhere, especially about North
Taranaki and the eastern hill country.
AREA/S AFFECTED: RANGES OF EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY
FORECAST:
A burst of heavy and possibly thundery rain is expected Monday
afternoon and evening. In the 12 hours between midday and midnight
Monday, expect 80 to 100mm to accumulate. Peak intensities of around
25mm per hour.
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STRONG WIND WARNING
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AREA/S AFFECTED: TARANAKI
FORECAST:
Northerlies expected to rise to severe gale with gusts 120 km/h early
Monday morning, especially about and south of the Mountain, and
should ease Monday evening.
AREA/S AFFECTED: WELLINGTON AND THE MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS
FORECAST:
Northerlies expected to rise to severe gale with gusts 130 km/h early
Monday morning and should ease Monday evening. Winds are expected to
peak Monday afternoon or early evening.
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00pm Sunday 26-Apr-2015
Forecast prepared by: Rochelle Fleming
For further information after 1.30pm Sunday April 26th contact Duty
Forecaster Sarah Garlick
A service provided through a contract with the Crown

Short Range Forecast

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SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS AND WATCHES IN FORCE FOR MANY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY
The northern North Island, from Taranaki and Taupo northwards, including Bay of Plenty: The odd shower today. A period of rain tomorrow, with heavy falls and a few squally thunderstorms. Strong or gale northerlies tomorrow.
Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa: Fine today. Occasional rain tomorrow.
Wanganui and Taihape to Wellington: Mainly fine today. Periods of rain tomorrow, heavy and possibly thundery at times. Northerly gales about Wellington.
Marlborough and Nelson: Periods of rain. Heavy thundery falls from tonight. Strong or gale northerlies tomorrow.
Buller, Westland and Fiordland: Rain, with heavy and possibly thundery falls today. Showers tomorrow, but rain returns to Buller later.
Canterbury: Heavy rain about the Alps, and scattered falls elsewhere at times. Rain becoming becoming widespread later tomorrow.
Otago and Southland: Occasional rain or showers.
Chatham Islands : Mainly fine, but rain tomorrow night.

Extended Forecast

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Tuesday: North Island, periods of rain in the south, easing.Scattered showers elsewhere, especially in the west. South Island, rain or showers north of Arthur s Pass. Showers elsewhere, becoming confined to Southland and Clutha. Snow to 800 metres in south at first.
Wednesday: North Island, mainly fine in Gisborne and Hawkes Bay. A few showers elsewhere. South Island, showers, mainly in south and west. Gale or severe gale southwesterlies about Southland and Otago coasts.
Thursday: North Island, scattered showers, becoming confined to the north and west. South Island, occasional rain in Southland. A few showers in Buller, Otago and about Banks Peninsula. Fine elsewhere.
Friday: A few showers north of Waikato and about Foveaux Strait,otherwise fine.
Chatham Islands: Rain easing to showers on Tuesday and strong westerlies easing. Showers on Wednesday, frequent from evening with westerlies rising to gale or severe gale. Showers and strong to gale southwesterlies on Thursday.

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