SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 8:30pm 26-Nov-2014
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Westland, Fiordland
HEAVY RAIN ABOUT THE WESTLAND RANGES, EASING THURSDAY MORNING.
Unsettled westerlies and periods of heavy rain are forecast for the
Westland ranges until Thursday morning, with a further 50 to 60mm
expected on top of what has already fallen.
Although this is not an unusual amount of rain for this area, people
are advised to watch for already rivers and streams. Slips are still
possible in vulnerable areas.
Note, showers persist about Fiordland tonight and Thursday, however,
the heavy, more widespread rain has now eased and the warning there
has been lifted.
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HEAVY RAIN WARNING
AREA/S AFFECTED: RANGES OF WESTLAND SOUTH OF ARTHURS PASS
In the 9 hours from 9pm Wednesday to 6am Thursday, expect a further
50 to 60mm of rain on top of what has already fallen. Peak
intensities of 10 to 15mm/hr tonight and early Thursday morning.
FREEZING LEVEL: About 2000 metres.
WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE
HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: FIORDLAND
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00am Thursday 27-Nov-2014
Forecast prepared by: Leigh Matheson
For further information after 9pm Wednesday 26 November contact Duty
Forecaster Chris Noble or Raveen Das
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Short Range Forecast
Northland: Cloudy periods, with the odd shower in the north.
Auckland, Waikato, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay: Fine, some high cloud in Gisborne and Hawkes Bay.
Waitomo to Manawatu, including the Central Plateau: Cloudy periods, a few showers developing from afternoon.
Wellington, Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa: Mainly fine. Strong gusty northwesterlies.
Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury: Fine, apart from a few showers in Nelson and western Marlborough around middle of the day.
Buller: Showers, turning to rain for a time around middle of the day.
Westland, Fiordland: Showers, some heavy. Thunderstorms possible in Westland this evening.
Southland and Otago: Fine inland. Showers near Foveaux Strait, with westerly gales until afternoon. Showers spreading to inland Southland and eastern Otago this evening.
Chatham Islands: Fine.
Friday: North Island, showers spreading to most places, a few heavy. South Island, showers, a few with hail.
Saturday: North Island, occasional showers in the north and west, otherwise fine. South Island, showery in the west, also in the south with hail developing there and snow lowering to 500 metres. Mainly fine elsewhere.
Sunday: North Island, occasional showers in the north and west, otherwise fine. South Island, showery with hail possible, snow down to 500 metres in the south.
Chatham Islands: Cloudy periods on Friday with northwesterlies. Showery over the weekend with westerlies.