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Westport Weather


Weather map of Westport
showers
189

Blenheim

fine
239

Kaikoura

partly cloudy
158

Motueka

partly cloudy
158

Nelson

showers
1410

Reefton

showers
1611

Westport

Forecast


Westport

Thursday
showers
16 11
Today
rain
16 12
Tomorrow
rain
16 6
Sunday
showers
13 3

Weather Warning


SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 9:45am 31-Jul-2014
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Otago, Canterbury, Southland,
Fiordland, Westland, Taranaki

HEAVY RAIN FOR FIORDLAND, WESTLAND, THE OTAGO AND CANTERBURY
HEADWATERS, ALSO MT TARANAKI. SEVERE NORTHWEST GALES FOR SOUTHLAND,
OTAGO AND CANTERBURY.
A strong moist northwest flow covers most of the country today
(Thursday). A trough over the north Tasman Sea expected to move
southwards over central New Zealand late Friday, then become slow
moving on Saturday. In addition, a second front over the south Tasman
Sea is expected to approach the lower South Island late Friday and
move east over the South Island on Saturday. Rain is expected about
Fiordland and Westland today (Thursday), but the heaviest falls are
expected later on Friday through to Saturday, with significant
spill-over into the Otago and Canterbury Headwaters. During this
time, 150 to 200mm of rain is forecast to accumulate about the
Westland Ranges south of Otira, with 200 to 250mm likely about higher
parts of the Southern Alps. In addition, the trough approaching
central New Zealand is expected to bring heavy rain to Mt Taranaki
from Friday evening, with 150mm likely about the higher slopes. In
heavy rain, people should aware of rapidly rising rivers and streams,
with slips possible in vulnerable areas.
Strong to gale northwesterlies are expected over Canterbury, Otago
and Southland from today through to Saturday, with severe gale gusts
of 130km/h in exposed places at times. The strongest gusts are
expected about Canterbury on Saturday, with gusts of 150km/h possible
about inland areas.
These wind gusts have the potential to damage trees and powerlines
and create difficult driving conditions.
FOR THE LATEST WEATHER AND FORECAST CHARTS PLEASE GO TO
http://metservice.com
MORE DETAILED INFORMATION FOR EMERGENCY MANAGERS AND TECHNICAL USERS
FOLLOWS.
______________________
HEAVY RAIN WARNING
______________________
AREA/S AFFECTED: FIORDLAND
FORECAST:
Rain is expected to become heavier from late Friday afternoon until
about midday Saturday. In the 18 hours from 6pm Friday through to
midday Saturday expect 100 to 140mm to accumulate. Peak intensities
10 to 15mm/hr.
FREEZING LEVEL: About 2200 metres.
AREA/S AFFECTED: WESTLAND SOUTH OF OTIRA
FORECAST:
Rain is expected to become heavier Friday evening through to Saturday
evening. In the 24 hours from 6pm Friday to 6pm Saturday expect 150
to 200mm about the ranges, with 200mm to 250mm about higher parts of
the Alps. Note, 70 to 90mm likely nearer the coast. Peak intensities
20 to 25mm/hr Saturday morning and afternoon.
FREEZING LEVEL: 2200 metres.
AREA/S AFFECTED: HEADWATERS OF THE OTAGO LAKES AND RIVERS
FORECAST:
Significant spill-over rain is expected from Friday evening through
to Saturday afternoon. In the 18 hours from 9pm Friday through to 3pm
Saturday expect 140 to 180mm about the Divide, with 60 to 100mm
within 20km of the Divide. Peak intensities 15 to 20mm/hr about the
Divide during Saturday morning and afternoon.
FREEZING LEVEL: About 2200 metres.
AREA/S AFFECTED: HEADWATERS OF THE CANTERBURY LAKES AND RIVERS, ABOUT
AND SOUTH OF ARTHURS PASS
FORECAST:
Significant spill-over rain is expected from overnight Friday through
to Saturday evening. In the 19 hours from midnight Friday through to
7pm Saturday expect 150 to 200mm to accumulate about the Divide,
especially south of the Rakaia River, with 90 to 130mm within 20km
east of the Divide. Peak intensities 15 to 20mm/hr Saturday morning
and afternoon.
FREEZING LEVEL: About 2200 metres.
AREA/S AFFECTED: MOUNT TARANAKI
FORECAST:
Heavy rain is expected from Friday evening through to Saturday
morning. In the 18 hours from 6pm Friday through to midday Saturday
expect 90 to 120mm to accumulate, with 120 to 150mm about the higher
slopes. Peak intensities 10 to 15mm/hr Saturday morning.
_______________________
STRONG WIND WARNING
_______________________
AREA/S AFFECTED: OTAGO
FORECAST:
Northwesterly gales at times through to early Saturday. From this
morning through to early this evening, gusts of 120 km/h are possible
in exposed places, especially about the eastern hills and ranges
including the Rock and Pillar range. From early Friday morning
through to early Saturday, expect further gusts to 130km/h in exposed
places.
AREA/S AFFECTED: CANTERBURY
FORECAST:
Northwest gales at times through to Saturday. From this morning
(Thursday), through to Saturday evening, gusts of 130 km/h are
possible in some places, mainly about and immediately east of the
Canterbury Foothills. The winds should ease slightly overnight, but
strengthen again Friday morning, with gusts to 150 km/h possible
during Saturday.
AREA/S AFFECTED: SOUTHLAND
FORECAST:
Northwesterly gales are expected today (Thursday), easing early
Saturday morning. From late this afternoon or early evening through
to early Saturday morning, gusts of 130km/h are possible in exposed
places.
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00pm Thursday 31-Jul-2014
Forecast prepared by: Leigh Matheson
A service provided through a contract with the Crown

Short Range Forecast

Northland, Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty: Fine at first, with patchy drizzle developing in Northland this morning, spreading south from the afternoon.

Waikato to Taranaki, Taupo, Taumarunui, Taihape: Fine and cloudy periods. A few showers, turning to rain this evening.

Wanganui, Manawatu: Fine with cloud increasing.

Kapiti and Wellington: Cloudy, with drizzle patches, chiefly about the Tararua Range. Rain developing in the evening.

Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa: Fine. However scattered rain in Wairarapa in the evening.

Marlborough, Nelson: Mainly fine, but patchy rain or drizzle about western Nelson and the Marlborough Sounds. Becoming widespread rain in the evening.

Buller, Westland, Fiordland: Periods of rain, with some heavy falls. Thunderstorms for Fiordland.

Canterbury, Otago, Southland: Mainly fine, but rain about the Divide with scattered falls about the headwaters. Severe gale northwesterlies in exposed places at times.

Chatham Islands: Fine and cloudy periods.

Extended Forecast

valid to :
Saturday: North Island, rain or drizzle most places, but dry with high cloud in Gisborne and Hawkes Bay. South Island, rain in the west, with heavy falls there, becoming widespread later and easing in the west. Gale or severe gale northwesterlies easing in the South Island.

Sunday: North Island, rain becoming heavier and more persistent,then easing to showers, northwest gales abating. South Island, rain easing to showers by afternoon, then clearing.

Monday: North Island, becoming fine in most places but still a few showers in western Northland. South Island, rain or showers developing in the west and far south, mainly fine elsewhere.

Chatham Islands: Cloud increasing on Saturday and northerlies rising to gale. Rain on Sunday, easing to showers later and northwesterlies turning lighter southwest. A few showers on Monday, and southwesterlies dying out.

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