SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 8:33am 26-Nov-2014
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Fiordland, Westland, Canterbury,
Wairarapa, Wellington, Marlborough
HEAVY RAIN FOR FIORDLAND AND THE WESTLAND RANGES.
Unsettled northwesterlies and periods of rain are forecast for
Fiordland and the Westland ranges south of about Arthurs Pass. In
these areas, a further 80mm of rain is possible through to early
Thursday morning, on top of what has already fallen. People are
advised rivers and streams may rise rapidly, slips and surface
flooding is possible. Heavy rain in the Canterbury headwaters has now
eased and the warning there is lifted.
The front which brought northwest gales to central New Zealand last
night has now moved away to the north, and severe gale warnings for
inland Canterbury, Marlborough, Wellington and Wairarapa are now
lifted. Note further northwest gales are likely for inland Canterbury
today, and inland Marlborough later today, and a Watch will be
maintained in these areas for the possibility of severe gales.
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HEAVY RAIN WARNING
AREA/S AFFECTED: FIORDLAND
In the 15 hours from 9am to midnight Wednesday, expect a further 60
to 80mm of rain on top of what has already fallen. Peak intensities
of 10 to 15mm/hr this evening.
FREEZING LEVEL: About 1600 metres.
AREA/S AFFECTED: RANGES OF WESTLAND SOUTH OF ARTHURS PASS
In the 18 hours from 9am Wednesday to 3am Thursday, expect a further
70 to 90mm of rain on top of what has already fallen. Peak
intensities of 10 to 15mm/hr Wednesday night and overnight.
FREEZING LEVEL: About 2000 metres.
WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE
HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: HEADWATERS OF THE LAKES AND
RIVERS OF CANTERBURY
STRONG WIND WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: MARLBOROUGH WELLINGTON
STRONG WIND WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: INLAND CANTERBURY
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00pm Wednesday 26-Nov-2014
Forecast prepared by: Heath Gullery
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Short Range Forecast
Northland to Waikato, including Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty: Patchy drizzle, clearing south of Northland this evening and becoming fine everywhere in the morning.
Waitomo to Kapiti, including the Central Plateau: Fine today. A few showers developing tomorrow.
Gisborne and Hawkes Bay: Fine and warm with high cloud.
Wellington and Wairarapa: Fine with strong gusty northwesterlies.
Buller: A few showers, turning to rain for a time tomorrow morning.
Westland, Fiordland: Showers, some heavy with possible thunderstorms in Fiordland today and Westland tomorrow.
Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury: Mainly fine. Brief showers tomorrow in Nelson and western Marlborough.
Southland and Otago: Fine inland. Showers about Foveaux Strait, and a period of rain overnight with westerly gales. Showers developing in eastern Otago tomorrow evening.
Chatham Islands: Cloud clearing this evening and becoming 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.