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SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 8:31am 28-Jul-2016
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Tararua, Wairarapa, Manawatu, Kapiti
Horowhenua, Wellington, Fiordland, Westland, Hawkes Bay
HEAVY RAIN FOR TARARUA RANGE TODAY. SEVERE GALE WESTERLIES FOR HAWKES
BAY TARARUA DISTRICT AND WAIRARAPA OVERNIGHT.
A front is crossing the North Island today followed by several
troughs of low pressure. Rain has eased over the west of the South
Island and the warnings for Westland and Fiordland are now lifted.
Further bursts of heavy rain are forecast for the Tararua Range this
morning and again this evening where another 40 to 60mm is possible.
This rain may contribute to swollen streams and rivers and cause
slips, surface flooding and hazardous driving conditions.
Severe gale northwest winds around Wellington have eased and the
warning there is now lifted. Overnight tonight, westerly gales are
expected to become severe about exposed parts of Hawkes Bay south of
Napier, the Tararua District and Wairarapa beofre easing tomorrow
morning. These winds may damage trees, powerlines and unsecured
structures, and also cause hazardous driving conditions, particularly
for high-sided vehicles and motorbikes.
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HEAVY RAIN WARNING
AREA/S AFFECTED: TARARUA RANGE
Further heavy rain is expected before easing later this morning.
Between 8am and 10am another 20 to 30mm is possible in addition to
what has already fallen. A further burst of heavy rain this evening
may bring another 20 to 30mm of rain between about 6pm and 9pm.
STRONG WIND WARNING
AREA/S AFFECTED: HAWKES BAY SOUTH OF NAPIER, TARARUA DISTRICT,
Northwest gales in Wairarapa should ease a little this morning.
However, west to northwest gales are expected to become severe with
gusts 120km/h or more in exposed places overnight tonight then ease
during Friday morning.
WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE
HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: RANGES OF FIORDLAND
HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: RANGES OF WESTLAND SOUTH OF
STRONG WIND WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: WELLINGTON
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00pm Thursday 28-Jul-2016
Forecast prepared by: Erick Brenstrum
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Short Range Forecast
Northland to the Kapiti Coast, including Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and the central high country : Showers, some heavy with hail and possible thunderstorms, easing and becoming isolated south of Wanganui in the morning and elsewhere later. Snow about the Dessert Road in the morning.
Gisborne and Hawkes Bay: Mainly fine, but isolated showers spreading from the ranges at times.
Wellington and Wairarapa : Isolated showers, possibly heavy in the north today, retreating to coastal Wairarapa tomorrow.
Western Nelson, Buller, Westland and Fiordland : Periods of rain, heavy at times, with squally thunderstorms and hail until morning. Snow lowering to 200 metres in Fiordland overnight.
Remainder of Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury : Mainly fine, but isolated showers till this evening.
Otago and Southland: Fine at first. Showers with cold southwesterlies spreading north overnight, and snow lowering to 200 metres, then clearing from the north later tomorrow.
Chatham Islands: Periods of rain, some heavy with hail tomorrow. Gale southwesterlies tomorrow.
Saturday: North Island, a period of rain for most places with possible heavy falls in the west. South Island, rain with some heavy and possibly thundery falls in the west. Showers in the south, with snow to low levels later. Mostly fine elsewhere.
Sunday: Showers in the west and central North Island, and the west and south of the South Island. Snow to low levels in the far south. Mostly fine elsewhere.
Monday: A period of rain and northwesterlies for western areas, followed by a few showers in the south and east with cold southerlies.
Chatham Islands: Showers, mainly morning and evening on Saturday as southwest winds turn strong northerly. On Sunday, early rain followed by showers, with strong southwesterlies. On Monday, showers and strong westerlies.