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Weather Warning


SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 12:12pm 23-May-2015
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Northland, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay
Of Plenty Rotorua, Gisborne, Southland, Fiordland, Otago

PERIOD OF HEAVY RAIN FROM NORTHLAND TO GISBORNE TODAY. HEAVY SNOW FOR
SOUTHERN NEW ZEALAND SUNDAY AND MONDAY
Updated at midday: Heavy rain in Bay of Plenty now east of Te Puke.
A subtropical low over the Tasman Sea moves southeastwards across the
upper North Island and East Cape today, accompanied by heavy rain and
strong winds. The heaviest falls are expected about East Cape, where
up to 120mm is likely to accumulate over a 12 hour period. People in
the affected areas are advised that rivers and streams may rise
rapidly, and that surface flooding is possible in locally heavy
downpours.
In addition, a very cold southerly flow is expected to spread over
the country during Sunday and Monday. Snow is likely to lower to sea
level about the lower South Island, with significant accumulations
above 200 metres for parts of Fiordland, Southland and Otago. The
heaviest snow is expected Sunday evening and Monday morning, when 10
to 15cm could accumulate in a 6 hour period. Heavy snow in these
regions is likely to cause major disruption to traffic and make
driving conditions hazardous. Farmers are advised that stock may need
shelter from the extreme cold and snow.
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: NORTHLAND
FORECAST:
Heavy rain is expected to ease this afternoon. In the 5 hours from
9am to 2pm Saturday expect 40 to 60mm to accumulate on top of what
has already fallen. Peak intensities of 25 to 40mm/hr in locally
heavy downpours.
AREA/S AFFECTED: COROMANDEL PENINSULA
FORECAST:
Heavy rain is expected to ease late afternoon. In the 8 hours from
9am to 5pm Saturday expect 60 to 80mm to accumulate on top of what
has already fallen. Peak intensities of 25 to 40mm/hr in locally
heavy downpours.
AREA/S AFFECTED: BAY OF PLENTY EAST OF TE PUKE AND GISBORNE NORTH OF
TOLAGA BAY
FORECAST:
A period of heavy rain is expected this afternoon and evening. In the
12 hours from noon to midnight Saturday, expect 80 to 120mm to
accumulate. Peak intensities of 25 to 40mm/hr in locally heavy
downpours, especially about northern Gisborne.
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HEAVY SNOW WARNING
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AREA/S AFFECTED: FIORDLAND SOUTH OF MILFORD SOUND AND SOUTHLAND
FORECAST:
Snow is expected to lower to sea level from Sunday afternoon, with
periods of heavy snow continuing through to Monday afternoon. In the
24 hours from 3pm Sunday to 3pm Monday expect around 20cm to fall
above 300 metres, 10 to 15cm down to 200 metres and lesser amounts to
sea level. The heaviest falls are likely Sunday evening and Monday
morning, when 10 to 15cm could accumulate above 300 metres in a 6
hour period.
AREA/S AFFECTED: CENTRAL OTAGO
FORECAST:
Snow showers are expected from Sunday afternoon, with periods of
heavy snow continuing through to Monday afternoon. In the 24 hours
from 3pm Sunday to 3pm Monday expect around 20cm to accumulate in the
south, with lesser amounts further north. The heaviest falls are
likely Sunday evening and Monday morning, when 10 to 15cm could
accumulate in a 6 hour period.
AREA/S AFFECTED: CLUTHA AND DUNEDIN
FORECAST:
Snow is expected to lower to sea level from Sunday afternoon, with
periods of heavy snow continuing through to Monday afternoon. In the
24 hours from 3pm Sunday to 3pm Monday expect around 20cm to fall
above 300 metres, 10 to 15cm down to 200 metres and lesser amounts to
sea level. The heaviest falls are likely Sunday evening and Monday
morning, when 10 to 15cm could accumulate above 300 metres in a 6
hour period.
Note, about Dunedin City 5 to 10cm is likely to accumulate but 15cm
about higher suburbs.
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00pm Saturday 23-May-2015
Forecast prepared by: Peter Little
For further information after 1:30pm contact Duty Forecaster Leigh
Matheson
A service provided through a contract with the Crown

Short Range Forecast

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Northland and Auckland: Showers. Thunderstorms are possible tomorrow.
Coromandel and Bay of Plenty: Rain, with heavy and possibly thundery downpours, easing to a few showers this evening.
Gisborne and Hawkes Bay: Rain, with some heavy falls in Gisborne, clearing tomorrow morning.
Waikato to Taranaki, including the Central High Country: Occasional rain clearing this evening. Showers tomorrow.
Wanganui to Wellington and Wairarapa, including Marlborough: Fine with high cloud. Showers developing tomorrow evening with snow above 400 metres in Marlborough.
Nelson and Canterbury: Fine weather. However, a period of showers in Canterbury tomorrow.
Buller and Westland: Showers developing tomorrow, mainly north of the Glaciers.
Otago, Southland and Fiordland: Showers becoming frequent and heavier tomorrow with possible thunderstorms, and snow lowering to near sea level.
Chatham Islands: Cloud increasing. A period of rain tomorrow, followed by showers.

Extended Forecast

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Monday: North Island, showers, with snow on high level roads, becoming scattered in the north and west. South Island, showers receding to Southland, Otago, Buller and eastern coasts, with snow level gradually lifting, becoming fine elsewhere.
Tuesday: North Island, few showers with snow about the high level roads at first. Showers clearing inland and in the west south of Taranaki and becoming fine. South Island, showers about Southland, Otago, Buller and eastern coasts. Lifting to 400 metres in the east and south. Mainly fine elsewhere.
Wednesday: North Island, Showers becoming confined to north of Tauranga and about the east coast, fine spells elsewhere. South Island, Showers about the east coast clearing and becoming confined to coastal Southland.
Chatham Islands: Cold and showery with hail and strong or gale westerlies on Monday. Cold with southwest gales and showers, some with hail, on Tuesday. Showers with gale southwesterlies gradually easing on Wednesday.

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