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Weather Warning


SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 8:25pm 22-Sep-2014
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Hawkes Bay, Gisborne, Wairarapa,
Otago, Southland, Northland, Auckland, Canterbury, Wellington,
Taihape

SEVERE SOUTHWEST GALES ABOUT EASTERN COASTS OF WAIRARAPA, HAWKES BAY
AND GISBORNE EASING OVERNIGHT MONDAY. SEVERE WESTERLY GALES FOR
COASTAL SOUTHLAND, CLUTHA AND DUNEDIN ON TUESDAY.
The strong cold south to southwest flow over the North Island and
central New Zealand is slowly easing. Severe southwest gales gusting
120 to 130km/h are still affecting eastern coasts from Wairarapa up
to Gisborne, but should gradually ease overnight tonight (Monday). In
Wellington, winds have passed their peak with southerly gales
forecast to continue to ease tonight. The wind warning for Wellington
is now lifted, with warnings also lifted for Northland, Auckland and
Banks Peninsula. For the central plateau, the odd snow shower is
still possible tonight, but further accumulations are not expected
and the snow warning there is also lifted.
For the lower South Island, westerlies are forecast to rise to gale
about southern coasts before dawn on Tuesday, with severe gales
gusting 120 to 130km/h likely in exposed places near Foveaux Strait
and about the hills and ranges from the Catlins up to the Otago
Peninsula. These winds should peak in the morning, then turn more
southwest and slowly ease during the afternoon. Note however, strong
gusty conditions are likely to last into Wednesday, and could affect
some inland parts of Southland and Otago - especially in the lee of
ranges (a Watch is now in force for inland areas).
These severe gales have the potential to damage trees, powerlines and
insecure structures and may 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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STRONG WIND WARNING
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AREA/S AFFECTED: EASTERN COASTS OF WAIRARAPA, HAWKES BAY AND GISBORNE
FORECAST:
Severe southwest gales along the coast with gusts of 120 to 130km/h
will gradually ease in Wairarapa Monday night and further north
overnight or before dawn on Tuesday.
AREA/S AFFECTED: COASTAL SOUTHLAND, CLUTHA AND DUNEDIN
FORECAST:
A period of severe west to southwest gales is expected on Tuesday,
especially near Foveaux Strait and about the hills and ranges from
the Catlins up to the Otago Peninsula. In these areas, gusts are
likely to reach 120 to 130km/h in exposed places from before dawn
until early afternoon in Southland, but lasting to late afternoon in
Otago.
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WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE
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HEAVY SNOW WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: TAIHAPE AND TONGARIRO
NATIONAL PARK
The odd light snow shower still possible Monday night, but further
accumulations not expected.
STRONG WIND WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: AUCKLAND AND NORTHLAND
STRONG WIND WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: BANKS PENINSULA
STRONG WIND WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: WELLINGTON
Southerly gales over Wellington have passed their peak and will
continue to ease Monday night, with northerlies developing early
Tuesday morning.
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00am Tuesday 23-Sep-2014
Forecast prepared by: Chris Noble
A service provided through a contract with the Crown

Short Range Forecast

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Northland and Auckland: Remaining showers over Northland clearing, and southwest gales continuing to ease this evening. Fine tomorrow.
Waikato to Taranaki. Taumarunui, Taupo, Coromandel and Bay of Plenty: Any remaining showers clearing this evening and southwest winds easing further. Fine tomorrow.
The remainder of the North Island: Showers with snow above 500 metres, clearing overnight. Southerly gales, severe in some areas at first, easing tonight. Mainly fine tomorrow.
Buller, Westland and Fiordland: Fine overnight. Occasional light rain tomorrow.
Nelson and northern Marlborough: Fine.
The remainder of Marlborough and Canterbury: Southerly gales in coastal areas easing and remaining showers clearing tonight. Fine tomorrow.
Otago and Southland: Mainly fine overnight, but mostly cloudy tomorrow with a few spots of rain in Southland and south Otago.
Chatham Islands: A few showers tonight, and again tomorrow evening.

Extended Forecast

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Wednesday: North Island, mainly fine, but patchy morning drizzle in west. South Island, morning showers in south and west, fine elsewhere.
Thursday: North Island, mainly fine, cloudy periods in the west. South Island, high cloud in the east, a few showers in the west, rain in Fiordland later.
Friday: North Island, brief rain with a weakening southerly change, cloudy periods further north. South Island, rain in the west and a few spots in the east, clearing and generally becoming fine.
Chatham Islands: Strong southwesterlies, and occasional showers on Wednesday. Southwesterlies easing and tending northwest on Thursday, with fine spells. A strong southwest change on Friday brings a few more showers.

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