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Weather Warning


SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 11:01am 05-May-2015
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Fiordland, Westland, Otago, Nelson,
Buller, Canterbury

SIGNIFICANTLY HEAVY RAIN FOR WESTLAND, NORTHERN FIORDLAND, THE
HEADWATERS OF THE CANTERBURY AND OTAGO LAKES AND RIVERS, ALSO THE
RANGES OF BULLER AND NORTHWEST NELSON. SEVERE NORTHWEST GALES FOR THE
CANTERBURY HIGH COUNTRY.
Note: Warning updated to incease rainfall amounts about Westland and
the Southern Alps.
An active trough is expected to move onto the South Island on
Wednesday and is preceded by a strong, moist northwest flow. Rain is
expected to become heavy in the southwest of the South Island this
evening, with the heaviest falls likely about the Westland Ranges and
Alps, where around 400-500mm could accumulate in a 24 hour period
about some higher slopes. About remaining parts of Westland, northern
Fiordland, the Otago and Canterbury Headwaters away from the main
divide, and the Buller and northwest Nelson ranges around 150-250mm
is expected during the same time. Although the rain is expected to
ease in the far south later Wednesday, the flow is likely to remain
northwest and further periods of heavy rain are possible later in the
week.
This is a significant amount of rain for these areas, especially
about Westland and the Canterbury Headwaters.
People are advised that streams and rivers will rise rapidly,
affecting areas further downstream, especially in Canterbury and
Otago. Surface flooding and slips are likely.
In addition, severe northwest gales are expected about the Canterbury
High Country during Wednesday, gusting 130km/h. Winds of this
strength are likely to bring down trees, powerlines and making
driving conditions hazardous for high-sided vehicles.
FOR THE LATEST WEATHER AND FORECAST CHARTS PLEASE GO TO
http://metservice.com
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, FROM DOUBTFUL SOUND NORTHWARDS.
FORECAST:
Rain is expected to become heavy this evening (Tuesday). In the 24
hours between 6pm today and 6pm Wednesday, expect 150-200mm to
accumulate. Peak intensities of 20-30mm per hour Wednesday morning,
with thunderstorms possible.
FREEZING LEVEL: 3200 metres, lowering to 2800 metres in heavy rain.
AREA/S AFFECTED: WESTLAND
FORECAST:
Rain is expected to become heavy this evening (Tuesday). In the 24
hours between 9pm this evening and 9pm Wednesday, expect 300mm to
accumulate about the ranges, with 400-500mm possible about some
higher slopes. Near the coast south of Whataroa, 100-130mm is
expected in the same period, with 70-100mm elsewhere. Peak
intensities of 25-35mm per hour on Wednesday, but possibly higher in
the ranges.
FREEZING LEVEL: 3200 metres, lowering to 2800 metres in heavy rain.
AREA/S AFFECTED: THE HEADWATERS OF THE OTAGO LAKES AND RIVERS
FORECAST:
Rain is expected to become heavy Wednesday morning, then ease
Wednesday evening. In the 12 hours from 6am to 6pm Wednesday expect
200-250mm to accumulate near the divide, 100-150mm within 20km of the
divide, and 50-80mm within 30km. Peak intensities of 20 to 30mm per
hour near and within 10km of the divide.
FREEZING LEVEL: 3400 metres, lowering to 3000 metres in heavy rain.
AREA/S AFFECTED: THE RANGES OF BULLER AND NORTHWEST NELSON
FORECAST:
Rain is expected to become heavy Wednesday afternoon, easing early
Thursday morning. In the 15 hours from midday Wednesday to 3am
Thursday expect 100-150mm to accumulate, but 250mm possible about the
Paparoa Ranges. Peak intensities 15 to 25mm per hour late afternoon
and evening Wednesday.
FREEZING LEVEL: 3400 metres, lowering to 3000 metres in heavy rain.
AREA/S AFFECTED: THE HEADWATERS OF THE CANTERBURY LAKES AND RIVERS
FORECAST:
Rain is expected to become heavy Wednesday morning, then ease
Wednesday evening. In the 15 hours from 6am to 9pm Wednesday expect
300-400mm to accumulate near the divide, 100-200mm within 20km of the
divide, and 50-80mm within 30km. Peak intensities of 25 to 35mm per
hour near and within 10km of the divide.
FREEZING LEVEL: 3400 metres, lowering to 3000 metres in heavy rain.
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STRONG WIND WARNING
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AREA/S AFFECTED: CANTERBURY HIGH COUNTRY
FORECAST:
Northwest gales Wednesday morning, are expected to rise to severe
gale gusting 130km/h from late Wednesday morning until early
Wednesday evening.
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00pm Tuesday 05-May-2015
Forecast prepared by: Leigh Matheson
A service provided through a contract with the Crown

Short Range Forecast

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Northland, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and Taupo: Cloudy periods and isolated showers.
Auckland to Manawatu, including the central high country: Fine spells. Patchy drizzle tomorrow from the central high country to Taranaki.
Gisborne to Wairarapa: Fine with high cloud.
Horowhenua, Kapiti Coast, Wellington, Nelson and Marlborough: Mostly cloudy with a few showers, turning to rain tomorrow night.
Buller, Westland, Fiordland, and the Canterbury High Country: Rain spreading north today, becoming heavy in Westland and Fiordland this evening, and elsewhere tomorrow with thunderstorms possible. Northwest gales about the Canterbury High Country tomorrow.
The remainder of Canterbury: Mainly fine, but a few spots of rain from high cloud.
Otago and Southland: Mostly cloudy, with a few outbreaks of rain, becoming persistent about the Southern Lakes tomorrow morning, then clearing everywhere tomorrow evening and becoming fine.
Chatham Islands: Cloudy periods.

Extended Forecast

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Thursday: North Island, rain spreading to most places, some heavy falls for western and central areas. Strong or gale northwesterlies in the south and east. South Island, periods of rain in the west,some heavy falls. Showers in the south. Mainly fine elsewhere.
Friday: North Island, rain north of Taranaki clearing, possibly heavy about the eastern Bay of Plenty ranges, then a few showers in the west and becoming fine in the east. Northwesterlies strengthening in the south and east, possibly gale in exposed places. South Island, rain in the west, heavy at times. A few showers elsewhere.
Saturday: North Island, showers in the west clearing then mainly fine. South Island, rain in the west, with heavy falls. Scattered showers in the south. Mainly fine elsewhere.
Chatham Islands: Cloudy periods. Rain from late Thursday, clearing Friday afternoon. Strong northwesterlies easing later on Friday.

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