SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 8:38am 20-Sep-2014
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Wairarapa, Wellington, Manawatu
POTENTIALLY DAMAGING NORTHWEST GALES FOR MANAWATU, KAPITI AND
WAIRARAPA EARLY AFTERNOON. HEAVY RAIN FOR THE TARARUA RANGE EASING
A deep low will move across the lower North Island early this
afternoon with an associated band of heavy rain.
For the Tararua Range, further heavy rain is expected today, but this
should ease by late afternoon. Another 50 to 60mm is expected to
accumulate on top of what has already fallen. Trampers in particular
are advised to watch for already swollen or rising rivers and
For Manawatu, Kapiti and Wairarapa, a period of severe northwest
gales is expected from late morning to early afternoon as the low
crosses the lower North Island. The strongest winds will depend on
the depth and exact track of the low, but are likely north of about
Paraparaumu and Greytown. In these areas, winds should peak early
afternoon with gusts likely to reach 120km/h, or possibly more -
especially about coastal Manawatu and Horowhenua. These winds have
the potential to cause localised damage to trees, powerlines and
roofs and may make driving hazardous.
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HEAVY RAIN WARNING
AREA/S AFFECTED: THE TARARUA RANGE
Rain with heavy falls should ease later this afternoon. In the 9
hours from 9am to 6pm today, expect another 50 to 60mm on top of what
has already fallen. Peak intensities may reach 10 to 15mm/hr late
morning or early afternoon.
STRONG WIND WARNING
AREA/S AFFECTED: MANAWATU, KAPITI COAST AND WAIRARAPA
A period of severe northwest gales is expected from late morning to
mid-afternoon. The strongest winds are likely north of about
Paraparaumu and Greytown and should peak early afternoon. Gusts are
likely to reach 120km/h in exposed places, but could approach 140km/h
in localised areas about coastal Manawatu and Horowhenua early
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00pm Saturday 20-Sep-2014
Forecast prepared by: Chris Noble
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Short Range Forecast
Northland to Taumarunui, including the central high country and Bay of Plenty: Showers, some heavy. A few thunderstorms possible until tonight.
Gisborne and Hawkes Bay: Fine, apart from afternoon and evening showers. Northwest gales south of Hastings until this evening.
Taranaki to Wellington, also Marlborough: Rain, easing to showers this evening and clearing tomorrow for a time tomorrow afternoon. Severe northwest gales in exposed places until this evening.
Nelson to Fiordland: Showers, clearing this evening. Rain spreading north tomorrow, some possibly heavy. Snow to 600 metres, lowering to 300 metres in the south tomorrow night.
Canterbury: Showers developing this afternoon, clearing for a time tomorrow morning. Snow lowering to 500 metres tomorrow night.
Southland and Otago: Rain developing this afternoon, clearing for a time overnight. Snow lowering to 300 metres tomorrow night.
Chatham Islands: Showers, possibly heavy tonight.
Monday: North Island, showers easing, and clearing north of Egmont to East cape later. Snow showers on high level roads from evening. South Island, becoming fine early in the west, showers elsewhere gradually clearing, snow to low levels at first.
Tuesday: North Island, Showers in the east clearing then fine. Cloudy periods increasing elsewhere with the odd shower. South Island, occasional showers in the south, and the odd shower along the west coast, mainly fine elsewhere.
Wednesday: North Island, fine spells and the odd shower. Cloud increasing in the north later. South Island, Fine in the east. A few showers in the south and west, with cloud increasing in the west.
Chatham Islands: Occasional showers, southwesterlies strengthening on Monday, easing on Wednesday.