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Weather Warning


SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 8:44pm 01-Jul-2015
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Westland, Otago, Canterbury

BURST OF HEAVY RAIN FOR WESTLAND AND THE ALPS THURSDAY TO FRIDAY,
WITH NORTHWEST GALES ABOUT INLAND CANTERBURY.
A complex trough is expected to move east over the country during
Thursday, Friday and early Saturday. This trough is forecast to bring
rain to western areas, with the heaviest falls expected about the
Westland Ranges and the Otago and Canterbury Headwaters. In these
areas 80 to 150mm is likely to accumulate over a 15 to 18 hour
period, with 150 to 200mm about higher parts of the Alps.
Heavy rain is likely to cause rivers and streams to rise, and make
driving hazardous.
In addition, northwest gales about inland parts of the South Island
are expected to rise to severe gale about inland Canterbury, gusting
130km/h in exposed places.
Winds of this strength can bring down trees and powerlines, and make
driving hazardous for high-sided vehicles and motorcycles.
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: WESTLAND RANGES ABOUT AND SOUTH OF OTIRA
FORECAST:
Heavy rain is expected from Thursday afternoon, clearing Friday
morning. In the 20 hours from 1pm Thursday until 9am Friday expect
100 to 150mm to accumulate, with 150 to 200mm about higher parts of
the Alps. Peak intensities 20 to 30mm per hour Thursday evening to
early Friday morning with thunderstorms possible. Note: 50 to 70mm is
likely near the coast during the same period.
FREEZING LEVEL: 1700 metres, lowering to 1400 metres early Friday
morning.
AREA/S AFFECTED: THE HEADWATERS OF THE OTAGO LAKES AND RIVERS
FORECAST:
A period of heavy rain is expected from Thursday afternoon to early
Friday morning. In the 15 hours from 1pm Thursday to 4am Friday,
expect 80 to 100mm to accumulate within 20km east of the divide. Peak
intensities 20 to 25mm per hour about the divide Thursday evening to
early Friday morning with thunderstorms possible.
FREEZING LEVEL: 1600 metres, lowering to 1200 metres early Friday
morning.
AREA/S AFFECTED: THE HEADWATERS OF THE CANTERBURY LAKES AND RIVERS
SOUTH OF ARTHURS PASS
FORECAST:
A period of heavy rain is expected from Thursday afternoon to Friday
morning. In the 18 hours from 3pm Thursday to 9am Friday, expect 150
to 200mm near the divide and 80 to 120mm with 20km east of the
divide. Peak intensities 20 to 30mm per hour about the divide
Thursday evening to early Friday morning with thunderstorms possible.
FREEZING LEVEL: 1700 metres, lowering to 1400 metres early Friday
morning.
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STRONG WIND WARNING
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AREA/S AFFECTED: INLAND CANTERBURY
FORECAST:
Northwesterlies are expected to rise to gale late Thursday afternoon,
then to severe gale Thursday night, gusting 130km/h in exposed
places, especially north of Lake Tekapo. Northwesterlies are expected
to ease Friday morning.
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00am Thursday 02-Jul-2015
Forecast prepared by: Rochelle Fleming
For further information after 9pm Wednesday July 1st contact Duty
Forecaster Gerard Barrow
A service provided through a contract with the Crown

Short Range Forecast

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From Northland to Manawatu and Bay of Plenty to Wairarapa including the central high country: Mainly fine, apart from areas of morning cloud and the odd shower in Taranaki. Isolated showers developing in Northland this evening.
Gisborne and Hawkes Bay: Fine weather.
Horowhenua Kapiti Coast and Wellington: Fine at first, but becoming cloudier this morning with the odd shower possible later.
Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury: Fine with increasing high cloud. However, heavy rain and gale northeasterlies are expected for inland parts of Canterbury from this afternoon.
Buller: A few showers turning to rain tonight.
Westland and Fiordland: Rain developing this morning and becoming heavy this afternoon.
Southland and Otago: High cloud increasing, and scattered rain developing in Southland and Clutha tonight.
Chatham Islands: A few morning and evening showers, otherwise fine.

Extended Forecast

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Friday: North Island, Rain spreading to most places, with heavy falls in western areas. South Island, rain, with heavy falls in the north and west, clearing, but easing to showers in the south. Snow to 600 metres in Fiordland.
Saturday: North Island, rain or showers in most places, with heavy falls in Bay of Plenty. South Island, Rain or showers in the west and south, fine with high cloud elsewhere.
Sunday: North Island, showers easing in the north, rain or showers clearing elsewhere. South Island, rain or showers in the west and far south, few spots of rain in the east, and fine in the north.
Chatham Islands: Strong northwesterlies on Friday with rain developing later. Rain on Saturday, and northwesterlies possibly rising to gale.Rain easing on Sunday, and winds turning strong westerly.

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