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Weather Warning


SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 12:08pm 06-Mar-2015
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Nelson, Buller, Westland,
Canterbury, Taranaki

ACTIVE FRONTS CROSSING THE COUNTRY TODAY AND SATURDAY. HEAVY RAIN HAS
EASED ABOUT NELSON AND BULLER, AND EASES IN WESTLAND, THE CANTERBURY
HEADWATERS AND MOUNT TARANAKI THIS AFTERNOON. HOWEVER, ANOTHER BURST
OF HEAVY RAIN IS EXPECTED ABOUT WESTLAND SOUTH OF OTIRA ON SATURDAY.
An active front, preceded by a strong moist northerly flow, moves
east over the upper South Island around midday, then the North Island
this afternoon and early evening. Heavy rain, with intensities of 20
to 30mm/hr with possible thunderstorms, should ease this afternoon.
Another 40 to 70mm of rain is expected on Mount Taranaki today, with
lesser amounts in Westland and the Canterbury Headwaters.
On Saturday, another active front preceded by a strong moist
northerly flow moves east across much of the country, but becomes
slow moving over the lower South Island. Once again, a period of
heavy rain is expected with this front, and warning amounts are
likely in Westland south of Otira, where 90 to 120mm is expected
about the ranges in 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.
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: WESTLAND
FORECAST:
FRIDAY - WESTLAND, INCLUDING THE PAPAROA RANGE
Heavy rain is expected to ease in the next few hours. Expect another
30 to 50mm in the 3 hours from midday to 3pm Friday, with peak
intensities of 20 to 30mm/hr in thunderstorms.
SATURDAY - 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
AREA/S AFFECTED: CANTERBURY HEADWATERS
FORECAST:
Heavy rain is expected to ease in the next few hours. Expect another
30 to 50mm near the main divide in the 3 hours from midday to 3pm
Friday, with lesser amounts within 30km east of the Divide. Peak
intensities of 20 to 30mm/hr in thunderstorms.
FREEZING LEVEL: 2300 metres
AREA/S AFFECTED: MOUNT TARANAKI
FORECAST:
Heavy rain is expected to ease this afternoon. In the 3 hours from
midday to 3pm, expect another 40 to 70mm to accumulate on top of what
has already fallen. Peak intensities of 25 to 40mm/hr with possible
thunderstorms.
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WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE
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HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: BULLER
The heavy rain in Buller today has eased.
HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: NELSON
Heavy rain is expected to ease by 1pm today.
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00pm Friday 06-Mar-2015
Forecast prepared by: Peter Little
A service provided through a contract with the Crown

Short Range Forecast

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Northland to Wellington, including Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and the central high country: Rain spreading east this afternoon, briefly heavy, then becoming confined to eastern Bay of Plenty tonight. Rain spreading east again tomorrow, heavy with squally thunderstorms south of Auckland, easing to isolated showers in the north later.
Gisborne to Wairarapa: Brief rain south of Hastings today, otherwise fine. Scattered showers tomorrow afternoon and evening.
Marlborough, Nelson, Buller, Westland, also Canterbury High Country: Rain, heavy in the west, clearing this afternoon. Further rain with heavy thundery falls tomorrow, easing to showers later.
The remainder of Canterbury, Otago and Southland: Scattered rain clearing this afternoon. Scattered showers tomorrow, turning to rain in Otago and Southland later.
Fiordland: Fine spells today. Heavy rain developing overnight, easing to isolated showers tomorrow.
Chatham Islands: Becoming cloudy, with showers developing tonight.

Extended Forecast

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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.

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