SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 8:59am 19-Sep-2014
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Wairarapa, Wellington, Taranaki,
HEAVY RAIN FOR THE TARARUA RANGE TODAY AND SATURDAY. SEVERE NORTHWEST
GALES FOR MANAWATU, KAPITI AND WAIRARAPA ON SATURDAY.
A series of fronts and troughs continue to cross the country today
and Saturday, bringing bursts of heavy rain or showers to the north
and west of both Islands. Additionally, a deep low is forecast to
cross central New Zealand on Saturday bringing a period of gales to
the lower North Island.
For the Tararua Range, periods of rain are expected to continue today
and most of Saturday, with heavy falls at times. From Friday morning
through to late afternoon on Saturday, 100 to 150mm may accumulate in
a few places. This rain is likely to cause streams and rivers to rise
For Manawatu, Kapiti and Wairarapa, a period of severe northwest
gales is expected on Saturday as the low crosses central New Zealand.
The strongest winds will depend on the depth and exact track of the
low, but in these districts gusts are likely to reach 120km/h or more
late morning and early afternoon. These blustery winds may damage
trees, powerlines and insecure structres and are likely to make
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HEAVY RAIN WARNING
AREA/S AFFECTED: THE TARARUA RANGE
Periods of rain expected today and much of Saturday with heavy falls
at times. In the period from 9am today to 6pm Saturday, 100 to 150mm
could accumulate in some places. Peak intensities 10 to 15mm per hour
in bands of heavy rain, especially on Saturday from late morning to
STRONG WIND WARNING
AREA/S AFFECTED: MANAWATU, KAPITI COAST AND WAIRARAPA
A period of severe northwest gales is expected on Saturday. From late
morning to mid-afternoon, gusts are likely to reach 120km/h or
WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE
HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: MOUNT TARANAKI
Further bursts of rain and showers expected today and Saturday,
especially tonight with a risk of thunderstorms and again Saturday
morning. While some intense falls are possible at these times,
sustained heavy rain over a longer period is not expected.
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00pm Friday 19-Sep-2014
Forecast prepared by: Chris Noble
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Short Range Forecast
Northland to Kapiti, including Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and the central high country: Showers, some heavy, with isolated squally thunderstorms and hail. Severe northwest gales south of Taranaki tomorrow.
Gisborne and Hawkes Bay: Mostly fine, but a few showers spreading from the west. Northwest gales south of Hastings tomorrow.
Wellington, Wairarapa and Marlborough: Isolated showers turning to rain tomorrow morning then easing to a few showers by evening. Severe northwest gales for Wairarapa tomorrow.
Canterbury: Fine at first. Showers developing inland tomorrow afternoon and becoming widespread at night with snow to 600 metres.
Nelson, Buller, Westland and Fiordland: Rain at times, heavy in the west, but just a few showers reaching Nelson City. Snow to 700 metres. Becoming fine later tomorrow.
Otago and Southland: Fine at first. Rain tomorrow afternoon and evening, with snow to 500 metres later.
Chatham Islands: Periods of rain.
Sunday: North Island, occasional showers in the south spreading up the east coast, showers and fine spells elsewhere. South Island, showers in the south and east, mainly morning and evening, snow to low levels at first, mainly fine elsewhere but a few west coast showers north of Hokitka later.
Monday: North Island, showers and fine spells, snow showers possible on high level roads at night. South Island, fine or becoming fine in most places, but still a few showers in the far south and about Banks Peninsula and the Kaikoura Coast.
Tuesday: North Island, occasional showers. South Island, occasional showers in the south, a few morning showers in the east and the odd shower along the west coast, mainly fine elsewhere.
Chatham Islands: Showers becoming lighter and less frequent on Sunday, and southwesterlies developing. Strong southwesterlies and showers on Monday and Tuesday.