SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 8:35pm 25-Oct-2014
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Buller, Wellington, Wairarapa
PERIOD OF HEAVY RAIN FOR BULLER AND THE TARARUA RANGE
A front is expected to move north over the South Island during Sunday
and the lower North Island Monday morning. In the west of central New
Zealand, rain associated with the front is likely to intensify from
Sunday evening, bringing a period of significant heavy rain to Buller
and the Tararua Range. 120 to 170mm of rain is expected in the ranges
of Buller from Sunday evening to the early hours of Monday, while 90
to 130mm is likely in the Tararua Range from Sunday night to Monday
People are advised this amount of rain is likely to make rivers and
streams rise rapidly, could cause slips and surface flooding, and
make driving conditions hazardous.
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HEAVY RAIN WARNING
AREA/S AFFECTED: BULLER
Rain on Sunday should become heavy in the afternoon. In the 15 hours
from 2pm Sunday to 5am Monday, 120 to 170mm of rain is expected,
mainly in the ranges. Maximum rainfall intensities of 20 to 25mm/hr
from Sunday evening.
FREEZING LEVEL: About 2400 metres.
AREA/S AFFECTED: THE TARARUA RANGE
Rain on Sunday should become heavy in the evening. In the 15 hours
from 7pm Sunday to 10am Monday, 90 to 130mm of rain is expected.
Maximum rainfall intensities of 20mm/hr overnight Sunday and Monday
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00am Sunday 26-Oct-2014
Forecast prepared by: Gerard Barrow
For further information after 9pm contact Duty Forecaster Andy Downs
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Short Range Forecast
Northland, Auckland, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay: Mainly fine.
Waikato to Kapiti, including the central high country: Becoming cloudy, with patchy drizzle, especially this evening.
Wellington and Wairarapa: Cloudy, with rain developing about the Tararua Range later.
Nelson and Marlborough: Fine at first. Rain developing about the western ranges of Nelson late afternoon, becoming heavy there tonight, with scattered falls spreading further east.
Buller, Westland and Fiordland: Rain with some heavy falls, spreading north reaching Buller by evening, and clearing south of the Glaciers.
Canterbury, Otago and Southland: Cloudy with scattered showers.
Chatham Islands: Cloudy periods, with a few late showers.
Monday: North Island, Rain for most places, clearing south of Waitomo to Hawkes Bay. South Island, Rain north of Westport and Kaikoura, easing to isolated showers and retreating to the ranges. Fine in the west, a few showers elsewhere clearing.
Tuesday: North Island, Rain north of Waikato. Elsewhere, becoming fine early, but rain developing later in the west, and high cloud increasing in the east. South Island, Mainly fine at first, rain developing, heavy in the west, but just scattered falls in the east, clearing later but showers remain in Fiordland.
Wednesday: North Island, Fine with high cloud in the east.Showers elsewhere, some possibly heavy. South Island, Showers for most places, heavy in the west.
Chatham Islands: A period of rain with a southerly change on Monday. A few showers on Tuesday, turning to rain with strong northerlies developing. Rain easing to a few showers on Wednesday.