SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 8:59am 19-Dec-2014
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Westland
HEAVY RAIN FOR THE RANGES OF WESTLAND FROM FRIDAY EVENING TO SATURDAY
A strong, moist northerly flow is forecast to spread over the South
Island late Friday and persist through much of Saturday, before
easing Saturday night with the passage of a front. Heavy rain is
expected about the ranges of Westland, with 150 to 200mm likely
during this time.
People, especially trampers, are warned to look out for rapidly
rising rivers and streams. Surface flooding, slips and hazardous
driving conditions are also possible during this time.
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HEAVY RAIN WARNING
AREA/S AFFECTED: WESTLAND SOUTH OF OTIRA
Rain is expected to become heavy this evening (Friday) and should
ease from the south late Saturday. In the 30 hours from 6pm Friday to
midnight Saturday, expect around 150mm of rain about the ranges, with
200mm possible about higher slopes south of Whataroa. During the same
time, 60 to 100mm of rain is possible nearer the coast. The heaviest
falls are expected during Saturday, when rainfall rates about the
ranges could reach 30mm per hour at times, especially in possible
FREEZING LEVEL: 3200 metres
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00pm Friday 19-Dec-2014
Forecast prepared by: Rochelle Fleming
For further information after 1.30pm Friday December 19th contact
Duty Forecaster Peter Little
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Short Range Forecast
Northland, Auckland and Coromandel: Low cloud and showers developing this morning, turning to rain in the evening.
Waikato to Manawatu, including Bay of Plenty and the central high country: Cloud increasing, and rain developing this afternoon or evening, with a few heavy falls.
Gisborne and Hawkes Bay: Mainly fine with high cloud. However, a few showers south of Napier in the evening.
Horowhenua, Kapiti, Wellington and Wairarapa: Low cloud in western areas this morning. Rain developing in the evening, with heavy falls.
Nelson and Marlborough: Low cloud and showers developing this morning, turning to rain this evening, with some heavy falls.
Canterbury: Mainly fine with high cloud.
Buller, Westland and Fiordland: Periods of rain, with heavy falls in Westland.
Otago and Southland: Extensive high cloud, with rain at times.
Chatham Islands: Low cloud and drizzle clearing later today.
Sunday: North Island, rain for most places, with some heavy falls, easing from the west in the afternoon. South Island, showers in the west and south, and elsewhere from afternoon.
Monday: North Island, a few showers in the south and east, mainly fine elsewhere. South Island, A few showers in the north and west, and inland Canterbury, mainly fine elsewhere. Late rain in Fiordland.
Tuesday: North Island, fine spells. A few afternoon and evening showers, mainly inland and in the north. South Island, mainly fine, afternoon and evening showers about the ranges.
Chatham Islands: Rain developing Sunday afternoon, clearing Sunday night. Showery southwesterlies developing on Monday, then easing on Tuesday.