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Gales coming for parts of NZ

Sunset over the Tararuas. Photo: Warren Cameron

The MetService have issued a Severe Weather Watch for parts of New Zealand.

“Severe gales possible in the east of the South Island today, and heavy rain and severe gales possible for Northland on Sunday,” says a MetService spokesperson.

“A trough moves northeast across the South Island today, bringing a period of strong southwesterlies to eastern parts of the Island.  A Strong Wind Watch is now in force for coastal parts of Clutha and Dunedin, and also about Banks Peninsula.”

WeatherWatch advise that Northland, Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty will experience cloudy areas with the odd shower. The Bay of Plenty has a mix of sun and cloud ahead although a shower or two may spread into western parts of the region at times from the west. Southwesterly winds will change to southeast overnight, and highs today in these four regions are expected to range from 13 to 15 degrees Celsius.

The MetService advise that a large low pressure system is expected to approach the far north of the North Island from the north Tasman Sea over the weekend, while an associated front sinks southeast across Northland on Sunday.

“Heavy rain and strong east to southeast winds associated with this front are possible for Northland, and Watches for Heavy Rain and Strong Wind are in force for the region during Sunday.

“There is uncertainty with regards to the track of the low as it approaches the upper North
Island on Monday, and Watches and/or Warnings for parts of the upper North Island may be issued closer to the time.”

People are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts in case any of these Watches are upgraded to a Warning or further areas are added.

Heavy Rain Watch:

Area: The north and east of Northland
Valid: 17 hours from 1:00 am to 6:00 pm Sunday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall accumulations may approach
warning criteria. Please note, another period of heavy rain is
possible on Monday, and a Watch or Warning may be issued closer to
the time.

Strong Wind Watch

Area: Northland
Valid: 9 hours from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Sunday
Forecast: East to southeast winds may approach severe gale in exposed
places. Please note, another period of severe gales is possible on
Monday, and a Watch or Warning may be issued closer to the time.

Area: Banks Peninsula
Valid: 6 hours from 7:00 pm Saturday to 1:00 am Sunday
Forecast: Southwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places.

Area: Coastal parts of Dunedin and Clutha
Valid: 7 hours from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturday
Forecast: Southwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places.

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