SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 8:25pm 22-Sep-2014
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Hawkes Bay, Gisborne, Wairarapa,
Otago, Southland, Northland, Auckland, Canterbury, Wellington,
SEVERE SOUTHWEST GALES ABOUT EASTERN COASTS OF WAIRARAPA, HAWKES BAY
AND GISBORNE EASING OVERNIGHT MONDAY. SEVERE WESTERLY GALES FOR
COASTAL SOUTHLAND, CLUTHA AND DUNEDIN ON TUESDAY.
The strong cold south to southwest flow over the North Island and
central New Zealand is slowly easing. Severe southwest gales gusting
120 to 130km/h are still affecting eastern coasts from Wairarapa up
to Gisborne, but should gradually ease overnight tonight (Monday). In
Wellington, winds have passed their peak with southerly gales
forecast to continue to ease tonight. The wind warning for Wellington
is now lifted, with warnings also lifted for Northland, Auckland and
Banks Peninsula. For the central plateau, the odd snow shower is
still possible tonight, but further accumulations are not expected
and the snow warning there is also lifted.
For the lower South Island, westerlies are forecast to rise to gale
about southern coasts before dawn on Tuesday, with severe gales
gusting 120 to 130km/h likely in exposed places near Foveaux Strait
and about the hills and ranges from the Catlins up to the Otago
Peninsula. These winds should peak in the morning, then turn more
southwest and slowly ease during the afternoon. Note however, strong
gusty conditions are likely to last into Wednesday, and could affect
some inland parts of Southland and Otago - especially in the lee of
ranges (a Watch is now in force for inland areas).
These severe gales have the potential to damage trees, powerlines and
insecure structures and may make driving difficult.
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STRONG WIND WARNING
AREA/S AFFECTED: EASTERN COASTS OF WAIRARAPA, HAWKES BAY AND GISBORNE
Severe southwest gales along the coast with gusts of 120 to 130km/h
will gradually ease in Wairarapa Monday night and further north
overnight or before dawn on Tuesday.
AREA/S AFFECTED: COASTAL SOUTHLAND, CLUTHA AND DUNEDIN
A period of severe west to southwest gales is expected on Tuesday,
especially near Foveaux Strait and about the hills and ranges from
the Catlins up to the Otago Peninsula. In these areas, gusts are
likely to reach 120 to 130km/h in exposed places from before dawn
until early afternoon in Southland, but lasting to late afternoon in
WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE
HEAVY SNOW WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: TAIHAPE AND TONGARIRO
The odd light snow shower still possible Monday night, but further
accumulations not expected.
STRONG WIND WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: AUCKLAND AND NORTHLAND
STRONG WIND WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: BANKS PENINSULA
STRONG WIND WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: WELLINGTON
Southerly gales over Wellington have passed their peak and will
continue to ease Monday night, with northerlies developing early
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00am Tuesday 23-Sep-2014
Forecast prepared by: Chris Noble
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Short Range Forecast
Northland to Manawatu, including Coromandel, Taupo and Taihape: Fine, with cloud increasing from this afternoon.
Bay of Plenty, Kapiti and Wellington: Fine weather.
Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa: Any remaining showers north of Wairoa clearing and becoming fine this morning. Strong southerlies, gales about the coast, easing this morning.
Buller, Westland and Fiordland: Rain or drizzle in Fiordland. Fine further north at first, then cloud increasing with patchy drizzle developing from late morning.
Nelson and Marlborough: Fine weather.
Canterbury: Fine with high cloud at times.
Otago and Southland: Cloud increasing this morning, with scattered rain developing in Southland and south Otago, becoming confined to the coast this evening.
Chatham Islands: Cloudy, with rain and strong southwesterlies developing from late afternoon.
Wednesday: North Island, mainly fine, but patchy morning drizzle in west. South Island, morning showers in south and west, fine elsewhere.
Thursday: North Island, mainly fine, cloudy periods in the west. South Island, high cloud in the east, a few showers in the west, rain in Fiordland later.
Friday: North Island, brief rain with a weakening southerly change, cloudy periods further north. South Island, rain in the west and a few spots in the east, clearing and generally becoming fine.
Chatham Islands: Strong southwesterlies, and occasional showers on Wednesday. Southwesterlies easing and tending northwest on Thursday, with fine spells. A strong southwest change on Friday brings a few more showers.