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WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE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, Auckland, Coromandel and Bay of Plenty: Periods of rain with some heavy falls. A few thunderstorms possible in Northland this evening.
From Waikato to Taranaki, including Taumarunui, Taupo and Taihape: Cloud increasing. Rain gradually spreading southwards today, with some heavy falls.
From Wanganui to Wellington, including Wairarapa: Mainly fine, however rain developing this evening.
Gisborne and Hawkes Bay: Cloud increasing. Scattered rain in Gisborne, spreading to Hawkes Bay this afternoon.
Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury, Otago and Southland: Fine. High cloud developing over Nelson and Marlborough.
Buller and Westland: Mostly fine, however a few showers in Westland retreating to the south this evening.
Fiordland: Showers, mainly about the fiords.
Chatham Islands: Rain clearing before dawn, then mostly fine.
Thursday: North Island, rain with heavy falls in the north and west, easing. A period of rain for southern and eastern areas. South Island, rain in the west spreading northwards, with heavy, thundery falls. Fine in the east, late showers in the south.
Friday: North Island, showers in the west, turning to rain for a time with heavy falls. Rain developing in the east from afternoon. South Island, showers in the west, some heavy and thundery. High cloud in the east, and a few showers in the south.
Saturday: North Island, occasional rain, clearing in the east, heavy falls in the west easing. Late showers in the south. South Island, showers, snow to low levels, gradually easing in the north and west.
Chatham Islands: Rain with heavy falls developing Thursday and northerlies rising to gale, easing to showers Friday with northerlies easing slightly. Rain returning Saturday, and northerlies rising to gale.