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Weather Warning


SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 9:01am 27-Apr-2015
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Buller, Nelson, Marlborough,
Taranaki, Taupo, Taihape, Taumarunui, Bay Of Plenty Rotorua,
Wellington, Wanganui, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa, Westland, Canterbury

HEAVY RAIN AND GALES FOR MANY PLACES AS A SIGNIFICANT TROUGH MOVES
ACROSS NEW ZEALAND DURING MONDAY AND EARLY TUESDAY.
A broad, complex trough, preceded by a strong, moist northerly flow,
is expected to slowly pass east over the country today and early
Tuesday. A band of very heavy rain and northerly gales precede this
trough, affecting northern parts of the South Island and much of the
North Island today. The heaviest falls are expected about Nelson and
northern parts of Marlborough and Buller, also about Taranaki,
Tongariro National Park and the eastern ranges of Bay of Plenty.
Large accumulations are especially likely in the ranges of Nelson and
Mt Taranaki where over 200mm of rain is expected for this event.
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.
Severe northerly gales with gusts of 120 to 130 km/h are possible in
Taranaki, higher parts of the Whanganui Hill Country, Taihape, the
Central Plateau, Wellington and the Marlborough Sounds today and
exposed parts of Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay late today and early
Tuesday. Winds of this strength have the potential to damage trees,
powerlines and insecure structures, as well as make driving
conditions hazardous.
Heavy rain has eased in Westland and the headwaters of the Canterbury
lakes and rivers and the Warnings for these areas are now lifted,
although further moderate rainfalls could still add another 30 to
50mm in places through the remainder of today and early Tuesday.
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: BULLER
FORECAST:
Further periods of heavy rain are likely through to tonight and
possibly into Tuesday morning. In the 15 hours between 9am and
midnight Monday, expect a further 70 to 100mm to accumulate. Peak
intensities of 20 to 30mm per hour are possible later this morning
and afternoon, especially with any thunderstorms.
AREA/S AFFECTED: NELSON, INCLUDING THE RICHMOND AND BRYANT RANGES,
ALSO THE MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS
FORECAST:
Heavy northerly rain is expected to ease this evening. In the 12
hours between 9am and 9pm Monday, expect a further 100 to 150mm to
accumulate about the ranges, especially inland from Golden Bay, with
50 to 80mm elsewhere. Peak intensities of around 30mm per hour are
likely later this morning and afternoon, especially in any
thunderstorms.
FREEZING LEVEL: About 3300 metres
AREA/S AFFECTED: TARANAKI
FORECAST:
Heavy rain is expected to ease later today or early Tuesday. In the
15 hours between 9am and midnight Monday, expect 150 to 200mm to
accumulate on Mt Taranaki, with 80 to 100mm possible elsewhere,
especially about North Taranaki and the eastern hill country. Peak
intensities of around 30mm per hour are likely this morning and
afternoon, especially about higher areas and in any thunderstorms.
AREA/S AFFECTED: TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK
FORECAST:
Heavy rain is expected to ease later today or early Tuesday. In the
15 hours between 9am and midnight Monday, expect 80 to 100mm to
accumulate, especially about higher slopes. Peak intensities of 20 to
30mm per hour are likely later this morning and afternoon.
AREA/S AFFECTED: RANGES OF EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY
FORECAST:
A burst of heavy and possibly thundery rain is expected this
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:
Severe northerly gales, with gusts of 120 km/h in exposed places are
forecast this morning and afternoon, especially about and south of
the Mountain. The winds are expected to turn northwest this evening
and could still reach severe gale in places before easing early
Tuesday morning.
AREA/S AFFECTED: WELLINGTON AND THE MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS
FORECAST:
Severe northerly gales, with gusts of 130 km/h in exposed places are
expected through to this evening before easing tonight.
AREA/S AFFECTED: HIGHER PARTS OF THE WHANGANUI HILL COUNTRY, TAIHAPE
AND THE CENTRAL PLATEAU
FORECAST:
Severe northerly gales, with gusts of 120 km/h in exposed places are
forecast this morning and afternoon. The winds are expected to turn
northwest this evening and could still reach severe gale in places
before easing early Tuesday morning.
AREA/S AFFECTED: WAIRARAPA AND HAWKES BAY, ESPECIALLY NEARER THE
RANGES.
FORECAST:
Northwest gales are likely to become severe for a time from this
evening through to early Tuesday morning, with gusts of 120 km/h in
exposed places.
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WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE
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HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: WESTLAND BETWEEN OTIRA AND
LAKE MOERAKI
Heavy rain has eased and the warning is lifted, although further
moderate rainfalls could still add another 20 to 40mm in places
today.
HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: THE REMAINDER OF WESTLAND
Heavy rain has eased and the warning is lifted, although further
moderate rainfalls could still add another 30 to 50mm in places today
and early Tuesday morning.
HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: THE HEADWATERS OF THE
CANTERBURY LAKES AND RIVERS
Heavy rain has eased and the warning is lifted, although further
moderate rainfalls could still add another 30 to 50mm in places today
and early Tuesday morning.
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00pm Monday 27-Apr-2015
Forecast prepared by: Andy Downs
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 TODAY
Northland and Auckland: A few showers and long fine spells.
Bay of Plenty: Rain, with heavy and possibly thundery falls, easing to showers this evening. Showers and fine spells tomorrow.
Western areas from Waikato down Wellington, including the central high country, also Marlborough, Nelson, Buller and Westland: Occasional rain or showers today. A few squally thunderstorms possible this evening. Further showers tomorrow. Strong or gale northerlies in North Island areas, easing overnight.
Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa: Occasional rain, clearing from Gisborne and Hawkes Bay tomorrow. Northwest gales this evening and tomorrow morning.
Canterbury and eastern Otago: Rain becoming widespread today, then easing to a few showers tomorrow morning.
Remainder of Otago, also Southland and Fiordland: Occasional showers, clearing Central Otago tomorrow morning.
Chatham Islands : Occasional rain from this evening.

Extended Forecast

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Wednesday: North Island, showers in most places, mainly fine in the east and south, but late showers in the south. South Island, showers north of Ross in the west, showers developing in the south and a few spreading north in eastern areas, mainly fine elsewhere.
Thursday: North Island, showers, becoming scattered with increasing fine spells away from the east coast. South Island, rain or showers in the south, remaining showers elsewhere clearing and becoming fine.
Friday: Becoming fine in most places but still a few showers north of the Bombay Hills and near Foveaux Strait.
Chatham Islands: Showers turning to rain for a time on Wednesday, and westerlies rising to gale. Southwest gales and showers on Thursday. Further showers on Friday, with southwesterlies abating.

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