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Weather Warning


SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 8:43pm 01-Nov-2014
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Fiordland, Otago, Westland,
Canterbury, Southland, Wairarapa, Wellington, Marlborough

HEAVY RAIN FOR THE WEST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND WITH SEVERE NORTHWEST
GALES FOR EASTERN AREAS AND ALSO WELLINGTON AND SOUTHERN WAIRARAPA
An active front is forecast to approach southern New Zealand tonight
and cross much of the South Island during Sunday and the lower North
Island early Monday morning. This front is preceded by a very strong,
moist northwest flow and will bring heavy rain to the South Island
West Coast and Southern Alps during Sunday. 100 to 160mm of rain is
expected over Fiordland and the ranges of Westland during this time,
with significant spillover into the headwaters of the Otago and
Canterbury lakes and rivers. People in these areas, especially
trampers are advised to look out for rapidly rising rivers and
streams.
Severe northwest gales are also likely for a time over Fiordland,
exposed inland parts of Southland, Otago and Canterbury during Sunday
and Marlborough, Wellington and southern Wairarapa from Sunday
morning through to early Monday morning. Gusts of 120 to 140 km/h are
possible in these areas during this time and could even be stronger
for a time about the Canterbury High Country and parts of the
Canterbury Plains close to the foothills. Winds of this strength have
the potential to cause significant damage, especially to trees,
powerlines and unsecured structures. They could also make driving
conditions hazardous, especially for tall sided vehicles, caravans
and motorcycles.
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:
Rain will become heavy overnight Saturday and then ease late Sunday
afternoon. In the 17 hours from midnight Saturday to 5pm Sunday,
expect 100 to 150mm of rain. Heaviest falls are expected late morning
or early afternoon Sunday, when rates could reach 20 to 30mm per hour
for a time. Note, further rain or heavy showers are likely for the
remainder of Sunday through to Monday afternoon which could add
another 50mm or so.
FREEZING LEVEL: 2800 metres lowering to 1300 metres late Sunday.
AREA/S AFFECTED: HEADWATERS OF THE OTAGO LAKES AND RIVERS
FORECAST:
A period of heavy rain is expected during Sunday morning and
afternoon. In the 15 hours from 4am to 7pm Sunday, expect around
150mm of rain on the Divide, with over 70mm falling within 18km east
of the Divide. Heaviest falls are expected late morning or afternoon
when rates could reach 25mm per hour near the Divide.
FREEZING LEVEL: 3000 metres lowering to 1600 metres late Sunday.
AREA/S AFFECTED: WESTLAND
FORECAST:
Rain is expected to become heavy Sunday morning and then ease from
the south Sunday evening. In the 14 hours starting 6am Sunday south
of Franz Josef and 9am Sunday further north, expect 120 to 160mm of
rain about the ranges, with 40 to 70mm possible nearer the coast.
Heaviest falls are expected during the afternoon and early evening
when rates could reach 25 to 35mm per hour about the ranges.
FREEZING LEVEL: 3000 metres lowering to 1600 metres late Sunday.
AREA/S AFFECTED: HEADWATERS OF THE CANTERBURY LAKES AND RIVERS
FORECAST:
A period of heavy rain is expected from Sunday morning to Sunday
evening. In the 12 to 14 hours starting 7am Sunday south of Mt Cook
and 10am Sunday further north, expect around 150mm of rain on the
Divide with over 70mm falling within 18km east of the Divide.
Heaviest falls are expected during Sunday afternoon or early evening
when rates could reach 25mm per hour near the Divide.
FREEZING LEVEL: 3000 metres lowering to 1800 metres overnight Sunday.
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STRONG WIND WARNING
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AREA/S AFFECTED: FIORDLAND AND EXPOSED INLAND PARTS OF SOUTHLAND AND
OTAGO
FORECAST:
Northwest gales are expected to become severe overnight Saturday
before easing Sunday afternoon. From Saturday night through to early
Sunday afternoon, wind gusts of 120 km/h are possible in exposed
places and especially about higher terrain and in the lee of the
ranges.
AREA/S AFFECTED: INLAND CANTERBURY
FORECAST:
Northwest gales are expected to become severe for a time during
Sunday before easing Sunday evening. From the early hours of Sunday
through to early evening, wind gusts of 140 km/h are likely about
exposed areas, especially about the High Country and the Plains close
to the foothills where they could even be stronger.
AREA/S AFFECTED: MARLBOROUGH, WELLINGTON AND WAIRARAPA SOUTH OF
GREYTOWN
FORECAST:
North to northwest gales are expected to develop Sunday morning and
ease during Monday morning. Severe gales with gusts of 130 km/h are
likely in exposed places and especially hill tops from late Sunday
morning through to early Monday morning.
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00am Sunday 02-Nov-2014
Forecast prepared by: Erick Brenstrum
A service provided through a contract with the Crown

Short Range Forecast

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Northland to Waitomo, also Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and the central high country: Areas of morning cloud, then mainly fine. Drizzle patches at night.
Taranaki to Wellington, also Wairarapa: Fine spells, however drizzle patches developing in Taranaki, Kapiti and Wellington. Northwesterlies rising to severe gale in exposed parts of Wellington and southern Wairarapa.
Hawkes Bay, Gisborne: Fine.
Marlborough, Nelson: Mostly fine, however rain developing at night. Northwesterlies rising to severe gale in exposed parts of Marlborough.
Buller, Westland, Fiordland: Rain spreading north during the day with heavy falls and possible thunderstorms. Severe northwest gales in exposed parts of Fiordland easing early afternoon.
Canterbury, Otago, Southland: Rain developing in Southland during the morning, followed by few showers. Elsewhere, high cloud, but brief afternoon or evening showers. Northwest gales, severe in exposed inland places, easing from the south.
Chatham Islands: Fine spells.

Extended Forecast

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Monday: North Island, a period of rain then becoming fine from the west. South Island, showers in the west, some heavy and possibly thundery. Becoming showery in the south with snow lowering to 500 metres. Mainly fine elsewhere.
Tuesday: North Island, mainly fine, a few showers developing in the south and east. South Island, a few showers, but mainly fine in the west.
Wednesday: North Island, a few showers and fine spells. South Island, mainly fine, but a few showers over the northern half,especially about the ranges. Frosts in the south.
Chatham Islands: Mainly fine on Monday, but some rain in the evening. Strong northwesterlies. Fine spells and a shower or two on Tuesday and Wednesday with southwesterlies.

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