SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 8:53am 03-May-2016
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Buller, Wairarapa, Kapiti
Horowhenua, Wellington, Westland, Fiordland
HEAVY RAIN FOR THE TARARUA RANGE TODAY. BURST OF HEAVY RAIN FOR
FIORDLAND AND SOUTHERN WESTLAND WEDNESDAY.
A cold front which brought heavy rain to Westland and Buller is now
bringing heavy rain into the Tararua Range, which should ease there
this evening. Expect another 80 to 120mm of rain on top of what has
already fallen this morning.
Another cold front is expected to move onto the South Island
Wednesday, bringing another burst of heavy rain for Fiordland and
Westland south of Otira. The most rain is expected in the ranges of
Westland south of Otira from Wednesday morning until Thursday
morning, where 150 to 200mm could accumulate.
People are advised that streams and rivers are likely to rise rapidly
and slips are possible in vulnerable areas.
The heavy rain warning for Buller and Westland has been cancelled for
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HEAVY RAIN WARNING
AREA/S AFFECTED: TARARUA RANGE
Heavy rain is expected to continue until this evening. In the 12
hours from 9am to 9pm today (Tuesday) expect a further 80 to 120mm of
rain, with peak intensities of 15 to 20mm per hour.
AREA/S AFFECTED: WESTLAND FROM OTIRA SOUTHWARDS
Heavy rain has eased today (Tuesday), but a further burst of heavy
rain is expected to return Wednesday morning. In the 24 hours from
6am Wednesday to 6am Thursday expect 150 to 200mm about the ranges
and 60-90mm closer to the coast. Peak intensities of 15 to 25mm per
hour during Wednesday afternoon and evening.
FREEZING LEVEL: 3200 metres
AREA/S AFFECTED: FIORDLAND NORTH OF DOUBTFUL SOUND
A burst of heavy rain expected from Wednesday morning until Wednesday
night. In the 15 hours from 9am to midnight Wednesday expect 100 to
150mm with peak intensities of 20 to 30mm per hour during Wednesday
afternoon and evening.
FREEZING LEVEL: 3200 metres.
WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE
HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: BULLER
NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE
9:00pm Tuesday 03-May-2016
Forecast prepared by: William Nepe
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Short Range Forecast
Northland, Auckland, Coromandel and Bay of Plenty : Mostly fine. Isolated showers tomorrow.
Waikato, Waitomo, Taumarunui, Taupo and Taranaki: Cloudy periods and a few showers.
Wanganui, Manawatu and Taihape, also Gisborne, Hawkes Bay: Fine with variable high cloud.
Kapiti, Wairarapa and Wellington: Occasional rain, mainly in the west, with some heavy falls about the ranges, easing tomorrow and clearing from Wairarapa.
Nelson and Marlborough: Cloudy periods and scattered showers, mostly about the Sounds and ranges.
Canterbury: Fine. High cloud increasing tomorrow.
Otago and Southland: Fine, however rain developing in Southland and Clutha tomorrow afternoon, spreading elsewhere during the evening.
Buller, Westland and Fiordland: Outbreaks of rain north of Westport, with some heavy falls about the ranges, and a few showers about the Fiords. Rain spreading everywhere tomorrow morning, with heavy falls south of Otira.
Chatham Islands: Mainly fine.
Thursday: A few showers in the northeast, and rain spreading northwards elsewhere. South Island, mainly fine in the southwest. Elsewhere, rain, possibly heavy in the west, clearing from the south, but a few showers remaining in the west.
Friday: North Island, some rain or showers in central areas easing,but mainly fine in the far south and north. South Island, one or two showers west of the divide, otherwise fine spells.
Saturday: North Island, some showers in central areas clearing, mainly fine elsewhere. South Island, mainly fine, but some rain in the far south.
Chatham Islands: On Thursday, cloudy periods, northwesterlies easing. On Friday, remaining cloudy. Light wind becoming northerly. On Saturday, sunny breaks with northwest breezes, becoming southwest at night with one or two showers.