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Weather Warning


SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 9:20am 21-Nov-2014
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Fiordland, Westland, Buller,
Canterbury, Manawatu, Wellington, Marlborough, Wairarapa

HEAVY RAIN FOR THE THE WEST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND, THE ALPS AND LOWER
NORTH ISLAND. NORTHWEST GALES FOR CENTRAL NEW ZEALAND.
A slow moving front near southern Fiordland and Southland is forecast
to move northwards on Saturday.
This front is preceded by a prolonged period of rain in the west of
the South Island, but also brings a burst of heavy rain to the lower
North Island on Saturday. The largest rain amounts are expected in
Fiordland and Westland, where totals for this event are likely to
reach 200 to 300mm in the ranges. Spillover is also expected into the
Canterbury headwaters. Streams and rivers may rise quickly, and
increased flows are likely in eastern rivers. Surface flooding and
slips are also possible.
Additionally, strong northwesterlies ahead of the front will affect
areas between Canterbury and Hawkes Bay, with severe gales expected
in some places. The strongest winds are likely to affect Wairarapa,
the hills of Wellington (including the Rimutaka Hill Road) and the
Marlborough Sounds. In these areas, gusts of 120km/h or more are
possible, which may damage trees, powerlines and can make driving
difficult.
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
FORECAST:
Rain, with heavy falls, is forecast to continue through to Saturday
morning. In the 24 hours from 9am Friday to 9am Saturday, expect
another 100 to 150mm of rain to accumulate, but up to 200mm could
fall in the ranges north of Milford Sound. Peak intensities 10 to
20mm/hr this afternoon and again early Saturday morning.
FREEZING LEVEL: Rising to 2800 metres this evening.
AREA/S AFFECTED: WESTLAND RANGES SOUTH OF OTIRA
FORECAST:
Rain, with heavy falls, is forecast to continue through to Saturday
morning. In the 27 hours from 9am Friday to midday Saturday, expect
another 100 to 150mm of rain to accumulate, but up to 200mm could
accumulate in the mountains near the Glaciers. Peak intensities could
reach 20 to 30mm/hr this afternoon or evening and again Saturday
morning.
FREEZING LEVEL: Rising to 3000 metres tonight.
AREA/S AFFECTED: RANGES OF BULLER
FORECAST:
Periods of heavy rain expected from tonight through Saturday morning.
In the 15 hours from 9pm Friday to midday Saturday, expect 90 to
120mm to accumulate about the ranges. Peak intensities 10 to 20mm/hr
Saturday morning.
FREEZING LEVEL: Rising to 3200 metres tonight.
AREA/S AFFECTED: HEADWATERS OF THE CANTERBURY LAKES AND RIVERS SOUTH
OF THE WAIMAKARIRI
FORECAST:
Rain is forecast to continue on the Alps through to Saturday morning.
In the 24 hours from 9am Friday to 9am Saturday, expect about 150mm
on the Divide (possibly more near Mt Cook), with 60 to 80mm spilling
10 to 15km east of the Divide.
FREEZING LEVEL: Rising to 3000 metres tonight.
AREA/S AFFECTED: THE TARARUA RANGE
FORECAST:
Periods of rain expected on Saturday from before dawn to late
afternoon. In the 18 hours from midnight Friday to 6pm Saturday,
expect 70 to 100mm to accumulate, mostly falling from late morning to
mid-afternoon. Peak intensities could reach 10 to 15mm/hr briefly
around midday Saturday.
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STRONG WIND WARNING
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AREA/S AFFECTED: THE MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS AND WELLINGTON
FORECAST:
Northwest gales are expected to to become severe for a time on
Saturday. From early Saturday morning until mid-afternoon, gusts of
120km/hr are possible, especially about the Outer Sounds and exposed
hill tops in Wellington.
AREA/S AFFECTED: WAIRARAPA INCLUDING THE RIMUTAKA HILL ROAD
FORECAST:
Northwest gales are expected to become severe on Saturday. From early
Saturday morning through to Saturday evening, gusts of 130km/h are
possible in exposed places.
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00pm Friday 21-Nov-2014
Forecast prepared by: Chris Noble
A service provided through a contract with the Crown

Short Range Forecast

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Northland, Auckland, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty: Fine spells today. Cloud increasing tomorrow with a few drizzle patches.
Waikato and Taupo to Wellington, including Wairarapa, Marlborough, Nelson: Cloudy periods. Drizzle developing this evening from Waikato to Taranaki, and Horowhenua to Wellington. A period of rain tomorrow, with northwest gales, severe in Wellington, Wairarapa and Marlborough Sounds.
Gisborne, Hawkes Bay: Fine spells. Brief showers late tomorrow.
Buller, Westland, Fiordland: Rain, heavy at times, and possible morning thunderstorms. Rain easing from the south tomorrow.
Canterbury: Outbreaks of rain about the high country and northwest gales. Showers spreading north tomorrow with a strong southerly, some thundery with hail, and severe gales about Banks Peninsula.
Otago, Southland: High cloud. Rain spreading northwards overnight and morning with some heavy falls. Clearing later tomorrow.
Chatham Islands: Cloudy periods. Rain late tomorrow.

Extended Forecast

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Sunday: North Island, fine spells and scattered morning showers. South Island, mainly fine, morning cloud in the east, high cloud increasing in the south later with scattered evening rain.
Monday: North Island, mainly fine in Gisborne and Hawkes Bay, a few showers in the north, scattered rain developing elsewhere. South Island, rain developing in the west, high cloud in the east, with scattered rain in Otago and Southland.
Tuesday: North Island, cloudy periods in the north, also Gisborne and Hawkes Bay, rain at times elsewhere. South Island, rain becoming heavier and more persistent in the west, scattered rain spreading further east.
Chatham Islands: Rain clearing on Sunday, and gale northwesterlies tending southwest then gradually dying away. Cloud increasing on Monday and northerlies developing. Rain at times on Tuesday.

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