SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 8:18pm 06-Oct-2015
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Otago, Southland, Canterbury
SEVERE GALE NORTHWESTERLIES FOR THE EAST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND.
A northwest flow over the South Island is strengthening ahead of an
approaching front. Winds are expected to peak Wednesday then should
ease behind the front, and turn southwest. The strongest winds are
expected to be about Canterbury, Otago and Southland where damaging
gusts of 140 km/h or more are likely, especially about the High
People are advised that winds of this strength have the potential to
damage trees, powerlines and unsecured structures, as well as making
driving conditions hazardous, especially for high-sided vehicles and
motorcycles. Also note, these winds could exacerbate the fire risk.
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STRONG WIND WARNING
AREA/S AFFECTED: SOUTHLAND AND CLUTHA
Northwest gales are expected to be severe from about midnight tonight
until early Wednesday afternoon, when gusts of 140 km/h, or possibly
more, are expected. Note, west to southwest winds may approach severe
gale about the coast for a time behind the front Wednesday afternoon
AREA/S AFFECTED: OTAGO (EXCEPT CLUTHA)
Northwest gales are expected to become severe Wednesday morning,
easing in the afternoon. Gusts of 140 km/h, or possibly more, are
AREA/S AFFECTED: CANTERBURY
Northwest gales are expected to become severe about the high country
Wednesday morning, spreading to the Plains during the afternoon
before easing in the evening. Damaging gusts of 140 km/h, or possibly
more, are expected.
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00am Wednesday 07-Oct-2015
Forecast prepared by: Erick Brenstrum
A service provided through a contract with the Crown
Short Range Forecast
SEVERE GALE WARNINGS IN FORCE FOR THE SOUTH AND EAST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND.
In the north and west from Northland to Wellington, including Bay of Plenty and the central high country: Cloud increasing in western areas this morning, with evening drizzle about Kapiti and Wellington. Northwest gales in Wellington.
Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa, also Marlborough and Nelson: Fine and warm. Northwest gales developing south of Napier this morning.
Buller and northern Westland: Cloud increasing this morning and rain developing during the afternoon.
Southern Westland and Fiordland: Patchy drizzle, turning to rain this morning. Snow to 600 metres in Fiordland tonight.
Canterbury and Otago: Mainly fine and warm, but rain in the west this evening. Northwesterlies rising to severe gale in exposed places this morning.
Southland: A period of rain this afternoon, followed by showers. Severe northwesterly gales this morning, then westerly gales near the coast from afternoon.
Chatham Islands: Mainly fine. Northwesterly gales.
Thursday: North Island, a period of showers with a cool southwest change,then increasing fine spells. South Island, a few showers in the west and south, more frequent in the far south. Scattered showers in the east and north for a time, otherwise mainly fine.
Friday: North Island, mainly fine, evening cloud and a few showers in the northwest. South Island, cloudy periods in the west and south,with showers at times in the west, mainly fine elsewhere.
Saturday: Cloudy periods in the west, with isolated showers in the northwest of the North Island, and also the west of the South Island.Otherwise mainly fine.
Chatham Islands: Brief rain early Thursday, followed by a few showers and southerlies, possibly strong for a time. Showers clearing to fine spells during Friday with winds turning strong westerly. Fine spells on Saturday with westerlies rising to gale for a time.