SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 8:28am 18-Sep-2014
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Taranaki
HEAVY RAIN FOR MOUNT TARANAKI
A complex trough is expected to approach New Zealand over the next
few days. An active front associated with this trough is forecast to
spread northerly rain over much of the country from this afternoon
until Friday morning, with further bursts of rain likely later on
Friday and Saturday in an unstable northwest flow.
Currently, the heaviest falls are expected about Mount Taranaki where
100 to 150mm is likely to accumulate from this evening until early
Friday morning, especially about higher parts of the Mountain.
People in the area, especially trampers, are advised that heavy rain
is likely to cause rivers and streams to rise rapidly.
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HEAVY RAIN WARNING
AREA/S AFFECTED: MOUNT TARANAKI
Heavy rain is expected about the Mountain during Thursday evening and
early Friday morning. In the 12 hours from 6pm Thursday until 6am
Friday expect 100mm to accumulate, but 150mm about higher parts of
the Mountain. Peak intensities 15 to 25mm per hour about the higher
slopes Thursday night. Note, showers are expected to continue about
the Mountain through Friday, with another period of rain is possible
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00pm Thursday 18-Sep-2014
Forecast prepared by: Andy Downs
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Short Range Forecast
Northland, Auckland, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Taupo: Scattered showers turning to rain tonight, with heavy falls and thunderstorms possible. A return to showers tomorrow morning, clearing Bay of Plenty and Taupo later.
Gisborne and Hawkes Bay: Mainly fine. Brief light rain this evening and tomorrow morning.
Waikato to Taranaki, including Taumarunui: Rain, turning to showers tomorrow morning. Heavy falls and thunderstorms possible.
Wanganui and Taihape to Wellington, also Wairarapa and Marlborough: Light rain, becoming heavier in Kapiti and Wellington this evening. Turning to showers tomorrow morning, then clearing from Wairarapa and Marlborough.
Nelson to Fiordland: Rain, with heavy falls and thunderstorms possible. Clearing from Nelson City tomorrow morning.
Canterbury, Otago and Southland: High cloud. Rain about the Alps, with brief rain possible elsewhere this afternoon. A few showers about Southland and eastern Otago tomorrow.
Chatham Islands: Rain developing tomorrow afternoon.
Saturday: Rain or showers in most places. Mostly dry in the east of the South Island at first, but showers spreading north from afternoon,and snow gradually lowering to 400 metres in the south. Cold southerlies spreading north.
Sunday: Rain or showers in most places, snow level in the south lifting.
Monday: Showers, gradually easing and fine spells increasing. Chatham Islands: Rain clearing on Saturday, but returning on Sunday. Showery southwesterlies on Monday.