SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 8:41pm 20-Dec-2014
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Westland, Taranaki
HEAVY RAIN ABOUT THE RANGES OF WESTLAND AND MOUNT TARANAKI EASING
A complex trough, preceded by a moist northerly flow and band of
rain, is forecast to continue to move across the northern South
Island tonight and the North Island early Sunday. Heavy rain over
Westland and Mount Taranaki is expected to ease overnight Saturday.
Another 30 to 50mm of rain is possible in these areas until that time
on top of significant amounts that have already fallen.
People in these areas, especially trampers, are warned to look out
for rapidly rising rivers and streams. Surface flooding, slips and
hazardous driving conditions are also possible during this time.
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HEAVY RAIN WARNING
AREA/S AFFECTED: WESTLAND SOUTH OF OTIRA
Rain is expected to ease overnight Saturday. In the 5 hours from 9pm
Saturday to 2am Sunday, another 30 to 50mm of rain is possible about
the ranges, with the heaviest falls at first.
FREEZING LEVEL: 3000 metres
AREA/S AFFECTED: MOUNT TARANAKI
Rain is expected to ease overnight Saturday. In the 6 hours from 9pm
Saturday to 3am Sunday, another 30 to 50mm of rain is possible,
mainly about higher slopes, with the heaviest falls at first.
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00am Sunday 21-Dec-2014
Forecast prepared by: Andy Downs
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Short Range Forecast
Northland, Auckland, Coromandel and Waikato: Becoming mainly fine this morning.
Waitomo to Kapiti, including the central high country: Areas of cloud and a few showers, clearing this afternoon and fine spells increasing.
Bay of Plenty: Rain, with some heavy falls, clearing from the west this morning.
Gisborne and Hawkes Bay: Becoming mainly fine this morning, but a few afternoon and evening showers in Hawkes Bay.
Wellington and Wairarapa: Becoming fine this morning.
Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury : Mainly fine. Inland showers during the afternoon and evening, some heavy and possibly thundery.
Buller, Westland and Fiordland: Showers clearing this afternoon, but drizzle in southern Fiordland this evening.
Otago and Southland: Mainly fine. Isolated showers in North Otago, and a few evening showers about Foveaux Strait.
Chatham Islands: Low cloud and drizzle, turning to rain for a time this afternoon.
Monday: North Island, a few showers in the south and east. Mainly fine elsewhere. South Island, fine or becoming fine in the north and east. A few showers in the west, and rain in Fiordland.
Tuesday: North Island, scattered showers, mainly north of Auckland and about the eastern ranges. South Island, rain in the far south clearing. Elsewhere, mainly fine, afternoon and evening showers about the ranges.
Wednesday: North Island, mainly fine in the east. Cloudy periods and a few showers elsewhere. South Island, mainly fine. Isolated afternoon and showers possible about Otago, and patchy drizzle about the fiords.
Chatham Islands: Cloudy periods on Monday and Tuesday. Winds changing southwest early Monday morning. A few showers on Wednesday and southwesterlies dying out.