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Weather Warning


SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 8:42pm 25-Apr-2015
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Fiordland, Westland, Nelson, Buller,
Otago, Canterbury

VERY HEAVY RAIN FOR THE WEST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND
A broad, complex trough, preceded by a strong, moist northerly flow,
is expected to slowly pass east over the country during Sunday and
Monday. A band of very heavy rain and northerly gales precede this
trough, affecting the South Island from Saturday evening through into
Monday, then the North Island during Monday and possibly early
Tuesday. The heaviest falls are expected in Fiordland and Westland,
especially about the ranges, where 250 to 450mm of rain is forecast
for this event. Significant rainfalls are also forecast about the
headwaters of the Otago and Canterbury lakes and rivers as well as in
Buller and northwest Nelson, especially about the ranges.
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.
FOR THE LATEST WEATHER AND FORECAST CHARTS PLEASE GO TO
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MORE DETAILED INFORMATION FOR EMERGENCY MANAGERS AND TECHNICAL USERS
FOLLOWS.
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HEAVY RAIN WARNING
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AREA/S AFFECTED: FIORDLAND
FORECAST:
Heavy rain is expected to ease late Sunday morning, although further
moderate falls are still possible through to Sunday evening. In the
15 hours from 9pm Saturday to midday Sunday, expect a further 100 to
200mm of rain on top of what has already fallen. Peak intensities of
25 to 35mm per hour are possible, especially Sunday morning in any
thunderstorms.
FREEZING LEVEL: About 2800 metres
AREA/S AFFECTED: WESTLAND SOUTH OF LAKE MOERAKI
FORECAST:
Heavy rain is expected to slowly ease from the south late Sunday
afternoon or evening. In the 21 hours from 9pm Saturday to 6pm
Sunday, expect 200 to 300mm of rain in the ranges, with 100mm
possible near the coast. Peak intensities of 25 to 35mm per hour are
possible Sunday morning and afternoon, especially in any
thunderstorms and about the ranges.
FREEZING LEVEL: About 3000 metres.
AREA/S AFFECTED: WESTLAND BETWEEN OTIRA AND LAKE MOERAKI
FORECAST:
Rain is expected to become heavy overnight Saturday. In the 28 hours
from midnight Saturday to 4am Monday, expect 250 to 350mm of rain in
the ranges, but possibly 450mm about some higher peaks. Note, 100mm
of rain is also likely near the coast during this time. Peak
intensities of 25 to 35mm per hour are expected during Sunday,
especially in any thunderstorms and about the ranges.
FREEZING LEVEL: About 3000 metres.
AREA/S AFFECTED: THE REMAINDER OF WESTLAND, BULLER AND NORTHWEST
NELSON
FORECAST:
Rain is expected to become heavy around midday Sunday. In the 30
hours from midday Sunday to 6pm Monday, expect 150 to 200mm of rain,
but possibly 300mm about the ranges of northwest Nelson. Peak
intensities of 20 to 30mm per hour are likely from Sunday night
through to Monday evening.
FREEZING LEVEL: About 3300 metres.
AREA/S AFFECTED: THE HEADWATERS OF THE OTAGO LAKES AND RIVERS.
FORECAST:
Heavy rain is expected from tonight through to late Sunday afternoon.
In the 21 hours from 9pm Saturday to 6pm Sunday, expect around 250mm
of rain close to the Divide with over 100mm falling within 15km east
of the Divide. Peak intensities of around 30mm per hour are possible
Sunday morning and afternoon, especially in any thunderstorms.
FREEZING LEVEL: About 3000 metres.
AREA/S AFFECTED: THE HEADWATERS OF THE CANTERBURY LAKES AND RIVERS
FORECAST:
Rain is expected to become heavy overnight Saturday. In the 28 hours
from midnight Saturday to 4am Monday, expect around 350mm close to
the Divide with over 100mm falling within 15km east of the Divide.
Peak intensities of around 30mm per hour are possible during Sunday,
especially in any thunderstorms.
FREEZING LEVEL: About 3000 metres.
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00am Sunday 26-Apr-2015
Forecast prepared by: Andy Downs
For further information after 9pm contact Duty Forecaster Heath
Gullery
A service provided through a contract with the Crown

Short Range Forecast

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Northland, Auckland, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Taupo: Cloudy periods and isolated light showers.
Waikato, Waitomo and Taumarunui: Fine spells. Cloud increasing this evening.
Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa, also from Taranaki and Taihape to Wellington: Mainly fine. However, cloudy periods for Taranaki, Kapiti and Wellington with a few showers there from evening.
Nelson and Buller: Scattered showers, turning to rain this morning, with heavy falls.
Westland and Fiordland : Rain, with heavy and possibly thundery falls, easing in Fiordland around midday.
Marlborough, Canterbury and Otago, excluding Clutha: Heavy rain about the main divide. Elsewhere, thick high cloud and a few spots of rain.
Southland and Clutha : Occasional rain, possibly thundery during the afternoon.
Chatham Islands : Cloudy.

Extended Forecast

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Monday: North Island, rain spreading to most places, with heavy falls, especially in the north and west. Gale northerlies in exposed places, with possible severe gales in Wellington and Taranaki. South Island, rain or showers in most places, with heavy falls in the north. Gale or severe gale northerlies in Marlborough at first.
Tuesday: North Island, periods of rain in the south. Scattered showers further north, clearing in Gisborne. South Island, periods of rain in Marlborough, with scattered showers elsewhere. Snow to 700 metres in the far south, and to 900 metres about the southern main divide.
Wednesday: Showers, becoming isolated in the east and clearing central New Zealand.
Chatham Islands: Cloud increasing Monday, with rain developing late in the day and northerlies rising to gale. Rain easing to a few showers on Tuesday as winds turn fresh westerly. Showers on Wednesday, more frequent from evening with westerlies rising to gale.

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