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Severe weather watch for central New Zealand

Heavy rain and gales are expected for parts of central New Zealand Photo: Warren Cameron.


The MetService has issued a Severe Weather Watch with heavy rain and possible severe gale northwesterlies expected in parts of central New Zealand.

“An active front moves slowly northwards over central New Zealand this weekend, delivering heavy rain to western areas, and possible severe gale northwesterlies to some central places,” says a MetService spokesperson.

A Heavy Rain watch has also been issued for the central North Island high country from Taranaki and Waitomo including the Whanganui river headwaters across to Taihape, except for Mount Taranaki and Tongariro National Park. This is valid for four hours from 5pm to 9pm on Sunday with periods of heavy rain expected.  Rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria.

Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.

Area: Eastern ranges of Bay Of Plenty and ranges of Gisborne
Valid: 24 hours from 12:00 am Sunday to 12:00 am Monday
Forecast: Expect 100 to 140mm to accumulate. Peak rates of 15 to 25mm per hour.

Area: Tongariro National Park
Valid: 24 hours from 9:00 pm Saturday to 9:00 pm Sunday
Forecast: Expected 110 to 150mm to accumulate. Peak rates of 15 to 25mm per hour.

Area: Mount Taranaki
Valid: 26 hours from 1:00 pm Saturday to 3:00 pm Sunday
Forecast: Expect 150 to 200mm of rain. Peak rates of 15 to 25mm per hour expected from Saturday evening.

Area: Nelson west of Mutueka
Valid: 19 hours from 9:00 am Saturday to 4:00 am Sunday
Forecast: Expect 80 to 100mm to accumulate. Peak rates of 15 to 25mm per hour.

Area: The Tararua Range
Valid: 30 hours from 9:00 am Saturday to 3:00 pm Sunday
Forecast: Expect 160 to 210mm of rain. Peak rates of 15 to 25mm per hour expected from Saturday evening.

Area: Buller
Valid: 19 hours from 9:00 am Saturday to 4:00 am Sunday
Forecast: Heavy rain is expected to ease south of Karamea River this morning but is forecast to continue in the north until early Sunday morning.

Expect a further 80 to 110mm of rain about the ranges on top of what has already fallen, and 60 to 80mm nearer the coast. Peak rates of 15 to 25mm per hour expected about the ranges.

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest Watches and Warnings in case any changes are made, or further areas are added.

A Strong Wind Watch has been issued for Wairarapa including the Tararua District, Wellington, and the Marlborough Sounds. This is valid for 22 hours from 9am Saturday to 7am Sunday. Northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places in these regions.

The Heavy Rain Watch for Southland has been lifted as the threat of heavy rain has now passed.

 

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