Severe Weather Watches

 


Issued by MetService at 8:11pm Saturday 01-Sep-2018

Snow about southern and eastern parts of the South Island, with periods of heavy rain about central parts of New Zealand.

A complex low and associated fronts are expected to move east over the country during Sunday and Monday. Periods of heavy rain are expected about central parts of the country, with strong cold southerlies developing about the South Island bringing snow to low levels. This snow is expected to affect southern and eastern areas south of about the Waimakariri River Sunday night and Monday morning, and is likely to extend further north later into Monday.
People are advised that strong cold southerlies combined with snow is likely to create blizzard conditions about higher ground during this time.

This Watch is for significant amounts of snow about southern and eastern Fiordland, Southland, Otago, and Canterbury south of the Waimakariri River during Sunday evening and Monday morning.
In addition, this Watch is for heavy rain about the Tararua Range, Mount Taranaki, eastern Bay of Plenty and the Gisborne ranges.

People are also advised to stay up to date with the latest forecast as part of this Watch may be upgraded to a warning, and further areas added.

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: Bay of Plenty east of Opotiki and the Gisborne ranges
Valid: 17 hours from 6:00am to 11:00pm Sunday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain and thunderstorms possible, especially during Sunday morning. Rainfall accumulations could approach warning amounts.

Area: Mt Taranaki
Valid: 18 hours from 3:00am to 9:00pm Sunday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall accumulations could approach warning amounts.

Area: The Tararua Range
Valid: 12 hours from 11:00am to 11:00pm Sunday
Forecast: Period of heavy rain. Rainfall accumulations could approach warning amounts.

Heavy Snow Watch

Area: North Otago and parts of Canterbury south of the Waimakariri River
Valid: 17 hours from 6:00pm Sunday to 11:00am Monday
Forecast: Snow is expected to lower to 400 metres Sunday evening, then to 100 to 200 metres during Monday morning. Significant snow accumulations are expected above 600 metres, and accumulations could approach warning amounts above 400 metres.

Area: Southland, eastern and southern parts of Fiordland, and Otago, excluding north Otago
Valid: 12 hours from 6:00pm Sunday to 6:00am Monday
Forecast: Snow is expected to lower to 300 to 400 metres during Sunday evening, then to 200 metres early Monday morning. Significant accumulations are likely above 600 metres, with the possibility that snow accumulations could approach warning amounts above 400 metres.

This watch will be updated by: 10:00am Sunday 02-Sep-2018

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Issued by MetService at 8:11pm Wednesday 29-Aug-2018

Heavy rain for eastern Bay of Plenty and parts of Gisborne

A front lies about Bay of Plenty overnight Wednesday and Thursday, then moves away to the east overnight Thursday as a low deepens east of New Zealand. This front is bringing periods of heavy rain to the northeast of the North Island. 

This Warning is for heavy rain in Bay of Plenty east of Opotiki, also Gisborne about the ranges and from Ruatoria northwards, where 100 to 150mm is expected through to Thursday night.

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case other areas are added.

Heavy Rain Warning

Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.Area: Bay of Plenty east of Opotiki, Gisborne about the ranges and from Ruatoria northwards
Valid: 25 hours from 9:00pm Wednesday to 10:00pm Thursday
Forecast: Rain becoming widespread and heavier Thursday morning. Expect a further 100 to 150mm of rain on top of what has already fallen, especially about the ranges. Peak rates of 20 to 30mm/hr possible from mid morning to early evening on Thursday.

This warning will be updated by: 10:00am Thursday 30-Aug-2018

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Issued by MetService at 8:22pm Tuesday 28-Aug-2018

Heavy rain from Auckland to Gisborne, and Nelson. Northeast gales for the northwest of the South Island.

A front in the Tasman Sea is expected to move eastwards across northern and central New Zealand on Wednesday, then stall over the Bay of Plenty on Thursday. This front brings strong northeasterlies and heavy rain to the central and upper North Island, and to western Nelson. The heaviest falls are likely from Auckland across to Bay of Plenty and northern Gisborne. Note, the most significant heavy rain is forecast for Bay of Plenty on Thursday. 

A low on the front is expected to move onto the upper South Island during Wednesday morning, bringing east to northeast gales to western Nelson, Buller and northern Westland, and these gales may become severe in exposed places.

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case this Watch is upgraded to a Warning.

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: Auckland, including Great Barrier Island, and Coromandel Peninsula
Valid: 9 hours from 4:00am to 1:00pm Wednesday
Forecast: A period of heavy rain. Localised downpours of 20 to 30mm/hr possible, especially in the east.

Area: Bay of Plenty and Rotorua
Valid: 43 hours from 6:00am Wednesday to 1:00am Friday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Note, rain may ease for a time Wednesday evening and overnight Wednesday. The most significant heavy rain is likely on Thursday.

Area: Gisborne north of Tokomaru Bay
Valid: 31 hours from 6:00pm Wednesday to 1:00am Friday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain.

Area: Nelson, west of about Motueka.
Valid: 10 hours from 3:00am to 1:00pm Wednesday
Forecast: A period of heavy northeasterly rain.

Strong Wind Watch

Area: Western Nelson, Buller, and northern Westland
Valid: 7 hours from 6:00am to 1:00pm Wednesday
Forecast: East to northeast gales may become severe in exposed places.

This watch will be updated by: 10:00am Wednesday 29-Aug-2018

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Issued by MetService at 8:31pm Monday 20-Aug-2018

Periods of heavy rain for parts of Central New Zealand

A complex low pressure system and associated fronts are expected to move east over New Zealand from the Tasman Sea during tonight and Tuesday, followed by unsettled westerlies. These features are forecast to bring periods of rain to western and northern parts of New Zealand, with some heavy falls and possible thunderstorms. This Watch is for the possibility of rainfall accumulations approaching Warning criteria in Nelson west of Motueka, and the eastern ranges of Bay of Plenty as detailed below. 

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case parts of the Watch are upgraded to a full Warning, or other areas are added.

Note, the Watches for heavy rain in Tongariro National Park, Nelson from Motueka eastwards, Marlborough from Richmond Range to the Sounds, and the ranges of Westland north of the Glaciers are now lifted.

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: The ranges of Bay of Plenty east of Opotiki
Valid: 6 hours from 8:00pm Monday to 2:00am Tuesday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain, and thunderstorms possible. Rainfall accumulations may approach warning amounts during this time.

Area: Nelson west of Motueka
Valid: 12 hours from 8:00pm Monday to 8:00am Tuesday
Forecast: Rain has eased at the moment, but another burst of heavy rain, with possible thunderstorms, is expected before dawn on Tuesday. Although rainfall accumulations during this time are not expected to reach Warning amounts, a Watch will be maintained for the possibility of amounts approaching Warning criteria, for example 30 to 40mm in 6 hours.

Watches no longer in force

Heavy rain watch lifted for: Tongariro National Park: Showers are expected to continue through Tuesday, some possibly heavy. However, persistent heavy rain is no longer expected, so the Watch is lifted.

Heavy rain watch lifted for: Nelson from Motueka eastwards, Marlborough from Richmond Range to the Sounds: Showers are expected to continue through Tuesday, some possibly heavy with thunderstorms. However, persistent heavy rain is no longer expected, so the Watch is lifted.

Heavy rain watch lifted for: Westland north of the Glaciers, especially about the ranges: Showers are expected to continue through Tuesday, some possibly heavy. However, persistent heavy rain is no longer expected, so the Watch is lifted.

This watch will be updated by: 10:00am Tuesday 21-Aug-2018

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Issued by MetService at 8:32pm Sunday 19-Aug-2018

Periods of heavy rain for parts of Central New Zealand

A complex low pressure system and associated fronts and troughs are expected to move east onto New Zealand from the Tasman Sea overnight tonight (Sunday), then across the country during Monday and Tuesday, followed by westerlies overnight Tuesday. These features are forecast to bring periods of rain to western and northern parts of New Zealand, with some heavy falls, possible thunderstorms and strong northwesterly winds.

This Watch is for the possibility that rainfall accumulations could meet warning criteria in northern Westland, Buller, Nelson, Marlborough from Richmond Range to the Sounds, Mount Taranaki, Tongariro National Park, and the eastern ranges of Bay of Plenty during Monday and early Tuesday. 

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case parts of the Watch are upgraded to a full Warning, or other areas are added.

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: The ranges of Bay of Plenty east of Opotiki
Valid: 12 hours from 11:00am to 11:00pm Monday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain, and thunderstorms possible. Rainfall accumulations may approach warning amounts during this time.

Area: Tongariro National Park
Valid: 6 hours from 5:00pm to 11:00pm Monday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall accumulations may approach warning amounts during this time.

Area: Mt Taranaki
Valid: 14 hours from 7:00am to 9:00pm Monday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain, with thunderstorms possible. Rainfall accumulations may approach warning amounts during this time.

Area: Nelson west of Motueka, Buller
Valid: 28 hours from 5:00am Monday to 9:00am Tuesday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain, with thunderstorms possible. Rainfall accumulations may approach warning amounts during this time.

Area: Nelson from Motueka eastwards, Marlborough from Richmond Range to the Sounds
Valid: 14 hours from 6:00am to 8:00pm Monday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain, with thunderstorms possible. Rainfall accumulations may approach warning amounts during this time.

Area: Westland north of the Glaciers, especially about the ranges
Valid: 24 hours from 6:00am Monday to 6:00am Tuesday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall accumulations may approach warning amounts during this time.

This watch will be updated by: 10:00am Monday 20-Aug-2018

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Issued by MetService at 8:17pm Monday 13-Aug-2018

Heavy rain in the northeast of the North Island, also northwest Nelson. Gale westerlies over the upper North Island Tuesday.

A front over the Tasman Sea is forecast to move eastwards across central and northern New Zealand tonight, then to move away to the east during Tuesday morning, delivering a period of rain with heavy falls and possible squally thunderstorms. This Watch is for the possibility of rain approaching short duration warning criteria in the Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne north of Te Puia Springs and northwest Nelson associated with this front.

In addition, a low, also over the Tasman Sea, is expected to move onto the central North Island from late Tuesday afternoon and then move away quickly to the east Tuesday night. This Watch covers the possibility of westerly winds approaching severe gale in exposed parts of Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato and Bay of Plenty west of Te Puke.

Note, the Watch for heavy rain for southern Westland and Fiordland has been lifted as rainfall accumulations are now not expected to approach warning criteria. The Watch for possible severe westerly gales for Northland has also been lifted as the strongest winds now look like they are further south.

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case this Watch is upgraded to a Warning, or other areas are added.

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: Coromandel Peninsula
Valid: 6 hours from 11:00pm Monday to 5:00am Tuesday
Forecast: Expect a brief period of heavy rain and possible squally thunderstorms. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria during this time, for example 50mm in 6 hours or less.

Area: Bay Of Plenty
Valid: 8 hours from 1:00am to 9:00am Tuesday
Forecast: Expect a brief period of heavy rain and possible squally thunderstorms. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria, for example 50 to 60mm in 8 hours.

Area: Gisborne north of Te Puia Springs
Valid: 6 hours from 5:00am to 11:00am Tuesday
Forecast: Expect a brief period of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria, for example 50mm in 6 hours or less.

Area: Nelson west of Motueka
Valid: 11 hours from 10:00pm Monday to 9:00am Tuesday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria for example, 60 to 70mm in 12 hours.

Strong Wind Watch

Area: Auckland including Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato and Bay Of Plenty west of Te Puke
Valid: 9 hours from 4:00pm Tuesday to 1:00am Wednesday
Forecast: Westerly winds may approach severe gale in exposed places during this time.

Watches no longer in force

Heavy rain watch lifted for: Fiordland and the ranges of Westland south of Fox Glacier: Rainfall accumulations are no longer expected to approach warning criteria.

Strong wind watch lifted for: Northland: Westerly winds are no longer expected to approach severe gale in exposed places.

This watch will be updated by: 10:00am Tuesday 14-Aug-2018

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Heavy rain in the northeast of the North Island, also northwest Nelson and the west of the lower South Island. Gale westerlies over the upper North Island Tuesday.

A slow-moving front over the west of the lower South Island should weaken this evening as it begins to track northwards tonight. A Watch for heavy rain associated with this front remains in force for southern Westland and Fiordland during today.

Another front in the Tasman Sea is forecast to move eastwards across central and northern New Zealand tonight, then to move away to the east during Tuesday morning, delivering a period of rain with heavy falls and possible squally thunderstorms. This Watch is for the possibility of rain approaching short duration warning criteria in the Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne north of Te Puia Springs and northwest Nelson associated with this front.

In addition, a low, also over the Tasman Sea, is expected to move onto the central North Island Tuesday evening and then to move away quickly to the east Tuesday night. This Watch covers the possibility of westerly winds approaching severe gale in exposed parts of Northland, Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato and Bay of Plenty west of Te Puke.

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case this Watch is upgraded to a Warning, or other areas are added.

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: Coromandel Peninsula
Valid: 6 hours from 11:00pm Monday to 5:00am Tuesday
Forecast: Expect a brief period of heavy rain and possible squally thunderstorms. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria during this time, for example 50mm in 6 hours or less.

Area: Bay Of Plenty
Valid: 6 hours from 3:00am to 9:00am Tuesday
Forecast: Expect a brief period of heavy rain and possible squally thunderstorms. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria, for example 50mm in 6 hours or less.

Area: Gisborne north of Te Puia Springs
Valid: 6 hours from 5:00am to 11:00am Tuesday
Forecast: Expect a brief period of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria, for example 50mm in 6 hours or less.

Area: Nelson west of Motueka
Valid: 12 hours from 9:00pm Monday to 9:00am Tuesday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria for example, 50 to 60mm in 12 hours.

Area: Fiordland and the ranges of Westland south of Fox Glacier
Valid: 16 hours from 9:00am Monday to 1:00am Tuesday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria during this time, for example 80mm in 16 hours.

Strong Wind Watch

Area: Northland, Auckland including Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato and Bay Of Plenty west of Te Puke
Valid: 7 hours from 6:00pm Tuesday to 1:00am Wednesday
Forecast: Westerly winds may approach severe gale in exposed places during this time.

This watch will be updated by: 10:00pm Monday 13-Aug-2018

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Issued by MetService at 11:40am Sunday 15-Jul-2018

Heavy rain and easterly gales for parts of northern and central New Zealand

Updated to correct Auckland area.

A front, preceded by a strong and moist northeasterly flow, is moving southwards across the North Island today. Heavy rain and east to northeast gales accompany this front. and Severe Weather Watches and Warnings are in force for many areas. 
Please note, that king tides could combine with easterly gales and high seas to produce coastal inundation in eastern areas. 

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts, Watches and Warnings.

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: Bay of Plenty east of Maketu
Valid: 13 hours from 10:00am to 11:00pm Sunday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria.

Area: Gisborne south of Tolaga Bay, and the ranges of Hawkes Bay north of Napier
Valid: 8 hours from 6:00pm Sunday to 2:00am Monday
Forecast: A period of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach short duration warning criteria, for example 70mm in 12 hours.

Area: Northwest Nelson
Valid: 16 hours from 11:00am Sunday to 3:00am Monday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria.

Area: Eastern Marlborough including the Kaikoura Coast
Valid: 9 hours from 7:00pm Sunday to 4:00am Monday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria.

Strong Wind Watch

Area: Bay of Plenty east of Whakatane, and Gisborne
Valid: 9 hours from 1:00pm to 10:00pm Sunday
Forecast: Easterlies may rise to severe gale in exposed places during this time.

Area: Waitomo, Taumarunui, Taupo, Taranaki, Taihape and Whanganui
Valid: 13 hours from 9:00am to 10:00pm Sunday
Forecast: Easterlies may rise to severe gale in exposed places during this time.

Area: Northwest Nelson and Buller
Valid: 15 hours from 11:00am Sunday to 2:00am Monday
Forecast: Easterlies may rise to severe gale in exposed places during this time.

This watch will be updated by: 9:00pm Sunday 15-Jul-2018

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Issued by MetService at 9:06am Sunday 15-Jul-2018

Heavy rain and easterly gales for parts of northern and central New Zealand

A front, preceded by a strong and moist northeasterly flow, is moving southwards across the North Island today. Heavy rain and east to northeast gales accompany this front. and Severe Weather Watches and Warnings are in force for many areas. 
Please note, that king tides could combine with easterly gales and high seas to produce coastal inundation in eastern areas. 

Please also note, that for Bay of Plenty west of Maketu, the Heavy Rain Watch has been upgraded to a Warning, while areas east of that remain on Watch. 

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts, Watches and Warnings.

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: Auckland between Whangaparaoa and Manukau, plus the Hunua Range
Valid: 5 hours from 9:00am to 2:00pm Sunday
Forecast: A period of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach short duration warning criteria, for example 60mm in 9 hours. Note, localised downpours are possible.

Area: Bay of Plenty east of Maketu
Valid: 13 hours from 10:00am to 11:00pm Sunday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria.

Area: Gisborne south of Tolaga Bay, and the ranges of Hawkes Bay north of Napier
Valid: 8 hours from 6:00pm Sunday to 2:00am Monday
Forecast: A period of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach short duration warning criteria, for example 70mm in 12 hours.

Area: Northwest Nelson
Valid: 16 hours from 11:00am Sunday to 3:00am Monday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria.

Area: Eastern Marlborough including the Kaikoura Coast
Valid: 9 hours from 7:00pm Sunday to 4:00am Monday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria.

Strong Wind Watch

Area: Bay of Plenty east of Whakatane, and Gisborne
Valid: 9 hours from 1:00pm to 10:00pm Sunday
Forecast: Easterlies may rise to severe gale in exposed places during this time.

Area: Waitomo, Taumarunui, Taupo, Taranaki, Taihape and Whanganui
Valid: 13 hours from 9:00am to 10:00pm Sunday
Forecast: Easterlies may rise to severe gale in exposed places during this time.

Area: Northwest Nelson and Buller
Valid: 15 hours from 11:00am Sunday to 2:00am Monday
Forecast: Easterlies may rise to severe gale in exposed places during this time.

Watches no longer in force

Strong wind watch lifted for: Northland: Winds have eased, and the Watch has been lifted.

This watch will be updated by: 9:00pm Sunday 15-Jul-2018

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Issued by MetService at 9:25pm Saturday 14-Jul-2018

Heavy rain and easterly gales for parts of northern and central New Zealand

A trough, preceded by a strong and moist northeasterly flow, is approaching New Zealand from the north. A low is expected to develop on this trough during Sunday morning, then deepen rapidly as it moves southwestwards. The low is forecast to pass near Auckland during Sunday afternoon, then track just west of Taranaki to lie west of Farewell Spit by midnight Sunday.

Severe Weather Warnings are also in force for this event.

People are advised to keep up to date with forecasts as some parts of this Watch may be upgraded to a full Warning, and additional areas may be added to the Watch.

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: Auckland between Whangaparaoa and Manukau, plus the Hunua Range
Valid: 9 hours from 6:00am to 3:00pm Sunday
Forecast: A period of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach short duration warning criteria, for example 60mm in 9 hours. Note, localised downpours and thunderstorms are possible.

Area: Bay of Plenty west of Whakatane
Valid: 12 hours from 11:00am to 11:00pm Sunday
Forecast: A period of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach short duration warning criteria, for example 70mm in 12 hours. Note, localised downpours and thunderstorms are possible.

Area: Gisborne south of Tolaga Bay, and Hawkes Bay north and east of Wairoa
Valid: 12 hours from 4:00pm Sunday to 4:00am Monday
Forecast: A period of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach short duration warning criteria, for example 70mm in 12 hours.

Area: Northwest Nelson
Valid: 12 hours from 6:00pm Sunday to 6:00am Monday
Forecast: A period of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach short duration warning criteria, for example 70mm in 12 hours.

Area: Eastern Marlborough including the Kaikoura Coast
Valid: 9 hours from 7:00pm Sunday to 4:00am Monday
Forecast: A period of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach short duration warning criteria, for example 60mm in 9 hours.

Strong Wind Watch

Area: Northland
Valid: 15 hours from 10:00pm Saturday to 1:00pm Sunday
Forecast: Easterlies may rise to severe gale in exposed places during this time.

Note: King tides are also forecast during this time, and when combined with strong easterly winds and large northeast waves, coastal areas exposed to the north and east could suffer from inundation by the sea.

Area: Bay of Plenty east of Whakatane, and Gisborne
Valid: 9 hours from 1:00pm to 10:00pm Sunday
Forecast: Easterlies may rise to severe gale in exposed places during this time.

Area: Waitomo, Taumarunui, Taupo, Taranaki, Taihape and Whanganui
Valid: 12 hours from 11:00am to 11:00pm Sunday
Forecast: Easterlies may rise to severe gale in exposed places during this time.

Area: Northwest Nelson and Buller
Valid: 15 hours from 11:00am Sunday to 2:00am Monday
Forecast: Easterlies may rise to severe gale in exposed places during this time.

This watch will be updated by: 10:00am Sunday 15-Jul-2018

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Issued by MetService at 9:58am Saturday 14-Jul-2018

Heavy rain and severe easterly gales possible over the upper North Island

A low pressure system is forecast to approach New Zealand from the north on Sunday, directing a strong and moist northeast flow over central and northern New Zealand. There remains uncertainty as to the exact speed and depth of the low pressure system as it passes over New Zealand during Sunday and Monday.

This Watch covers the possibility of heavy rain and severe easterly gales affecting regions of central and northern New Zealand as detailed below. Note, a Warning for heavy rain is now in force for Gisborne from Tolaga Bay northwards, and for the eastern ranges of Bay of Plenty.

King tides are also forecast this weekend, and when combined with strong easterly winds and large northeast waves, coastal areas exposed to the north and east could suffer from inundation by the sea.

People are advised to keep up to date with forecasts as some parts of this Watch may be upgraded to a full Warning, or additional areas may be added to the Watch.

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: Northland
Valid: 12 hours from 9:00pm Saturday to 9:00am Sunday
Forecast: Rainfall accumulations may reach short duration warning amounts during this time, for example 70mm in 12 hours or less. Note, localised downpours and thunderstorms are possible.

Area: Northern Auckland including Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula and Bay Of Plenty from Kawerau west
Valid: 12 hours from 6:00am to 6:00pm Sunday
Forecast: As a band of rain moves southwards, rainfall accumulations may reach short duration warning amounts during this time, for example 70mm falling in 12 hours or less. Note, localised downpours and thunderstorms are possible.

Area: Gisborne south of Tolaga Bay, and Hawkes Bay north and east of Wairoa
Valid: 15 hours from 3:00pm Sunday to 6:00am Monday
Forecast: As a band of rain moves southwards, rainfall accumulations may reach short duration warning amounts during this time, for example 75mm falling in 15 hours or less.

Area: Northwest Nelson
Valid: 12 hours from 3:00pm Sunday to 3:00am Monday
Forecast: As a band of rain moves southwards, rainfall accumulations may reach short duration warning amounts during this time, for example 70mm falling in 12 hours or less.

Area: Eastern Marlborough including the Kaikoura Coast
Valid: 9 hours from 9:00pm Sunday to 6:00am Monday
Forecast: As a band of rain moves southwards, rainfall accumulations may reach short duration warning amounts during this time, for example 60mm falling in 9 hours or less.

Strong Wind Watch

Area: Northland and Auckland including Great Barrier Island
Valid: 13 hours from 1:00am to 2:00pm Sunday
Forecast: Easterlies may rise to severe gale in exposed places during this time.

Note: King tides are also forecast during this time, and when combined with strong easterly winds and large northeast waves, coastal areas exposed to the north and east could suffer from inundation by the sea.

Area: Coromandel, Waikato, Waitomo, Taumarunui, Taupo, Taranaki, Taihape, Whanganui and Bay of Plenty west of Kawerau
Valid: 11 hours from 10:00am to 9:00pm Sunday
Forecast: Easterlies may rise to severe gale in exposed places during this time.

Note: King tides are also forecast during this time, and when combined with strong easterly winds and large northeast waves, coastal areas exposed to the north and east could suffer from inundation by the sea.

Area: Buller
Valid: 7 hours from 11:00am to 6:00pm Sunday
Forecast: Easterlies may rise to severe gale in exposed places during this time.

This watch will be updated by: 10:00pm Saturday 14-Jul-2018

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Issued by MetService at 8:24pm Friday 13-Jul-2018

Heavy rain and severe easterly gales possible over the upper North Island

A low pressure system is forecast to approach New Zealand from the north during Saturday, directing a strong and moist northeast flow over the upper North Island. There remains uncertainty as to the exact speed and depth of the low pressure system as it approaches, and passes over New Zealand during Sunday and Monday.

This Watch covers the possibility of heavy rain and severe easterly gales affecting regions from Northland to Waikato and Bay of Plenty as detailed below.

King tides are also forecast this weekend, and when combined with strong easterly winds and large northeast waves, coastal areas exposed to the north and east could suffer from inundation by the sea.

People are advised to keep up to date with forecasts as some parts of this Watch may be upgraded to a full Warning in Saturday morning’s issue, and additional areas will likely be placed on Watch.

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: Northland
Valid: 15 hours from 11:00pm Saturday to 2:00pm Sunday
Forecast: Rainfall accumulations may reach short duration warning amounts during this time, for example 75mm in 15 hours or less.

Area: Northern Auckland including Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula and Bay Of Plenty west of Whakatane
Valid: 21 hours from 2:00am to 11:00pm Sunday
Forecast: As a band of rain moves southwards, rainfall accumulations may reach short duration warning amounts during this time, for example 75mm falling in 15 hours or less.

Strong Wind Watch

Area: Northland and Auckland including Great Barrier Island
Valid: 18 hours from 11:00pm Saturday to 5:00pm Sunday
Forecast: Easterlies may rise to severe gale in exposed places during this time.

Note: King tides are also forecast during this time, and when combined with strong easterly winds and large northeast waves, coastal areas exposed to the north and east could suffer from inundation by the sea.

Area: Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato and Bay Of Plenty west of Whakatane
Valid: 15 hours from 6:00am to 9:00pm Sunday
Forecast: Easterlies may rise to severe gale in exposed places during this time.

Note: King tides are also forecast during this time, and when combined with strong easterly winds and large northeast waves, coastal areas exposed to the north and east could suffer from inundation by the sea.

This watch will be updated by: 10:00am Saturday 14-Jul-2018

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Heavy rain and severe easterly gales possible over the upper North Island Sunday

A deep low is foreast to approach New Zealand from the north on Sunday, directing a strong and moist northeast flow over the upper North Island. There is uncertainty as to the exact track and depth of the low as it approaches, and possibly passes over, New Zealand on Sunday.

This Watch covers the possibility of a deep low moving southeastwards over the upper North Island during Sunday, delivering severe gale easterlies to exposed parts of Northland, Auckland including Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato and Bay of Plenty west of Whakatane. In addition, rainfall accumulations would likely reach warning amounts in the same regions, excluding southern Auckland and Waikato on Sunday.

King tides are also forecast for Sunday, and in combination with lowering air pressures expected with such a deep low and large northeast waves, coastal inundation could affect coastal areas in these regions exposed to the north and east.

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case some parts of this Watch are upgraded to a full Warning, or other areas are added.

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: Northland, northern Auckland including Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty west of Whakatane
Valid: 12 hours from 6:00am to 6:00pm Sunday
Forecast: Rain accumulations may reach short duration warning amounts during this time, for example 70mm in 12 hours or less.

Strong Wind Watch

Area: Northland, Auckland including Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato, Waitomo and Bay Of Plenty west of Whakatane
Valid: 15 hours from 6:00am to 9:00pm Sunday
Forecast: Easterlies may rise to severe gale in exposed places during this time.

Note, King tides and large northeast swell are forecast during this time. The combination of strong easterly winds and lowering air pressures associated with such a deep low could cause inundation to coasts exposed to the north and east.

This watch will be updated by: 9:00pm Friday 13-Jul-2018

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Issued by MetService at 9:41pm Sunday 08-Jul-2018

Heavy rain and gale north to northwest winds for central and northern parts of New Zealand

An active front is forecast to move eastwards across New Zealand tonight (Sunday), preceded by a period of heavy rain and gale north to northwest winds for many places, then followed by a strong and unsettled westerly flow into Monday.

This Watch is for the possibility of rainfall accumulations reaching warning amounts during tonight and Monday about Fiordland, the central North Island hill country from Taranaki to Tongariro National Park and Waitomo. Note, the eastern ranges of Bay of Plenty and the ranges of Gisborne is under a heavy rain Warning until early Monday morning, but further periods of heavy rain is expected to continue through to Monday evening as covered by this Watch.

This Watch is also for the possibility of severe gale north to northwest winds in Bay of Plenty, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay from tonight to Monday evening, and for the remainder of the North Island during Monday.

People are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts in case parts of this Watch are upgraded to a full warning, or other areas are added.

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: The eastern ranges of Bay of Plenty and the ranges of Gisborne
Valid: 22 hours from 9:00pm Sunday to 7:00pm Monday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria.

Note, a heavy rain warning is in force until early Monday morning.

Area: The central North Island hill country from Taranaki across to Tongariro National Park and Waitomo, including the headwaters of the Whanganui River and the ranges of Hawkes Bay
Valid: 19 hours from 9:00pm Sunday to 4:00pm Monday
Forecast: Expect periods of heavy rain during this time, which may approach warning amounts, especially over high ground.

Area: Fiordland
Valid: 9 hours from 9:00pm Sunday to 6:00am Monday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain and possible thunderstorms are expected. Accumulations may approach warning amounts during this time.

Strong Wind Watch

Area: Northland, Auckland including Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato, Waitomo, Taumarunui and Taupo
Valid: 20 hours from 9:00pm Sunday to 5:00pm Monday
Forecast: The threat for severe gale north to northwest winds this evening have now passed. However, northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places at times again during Monday morning and afternoon.

Area: Bay of Plenty, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay
Valid: 23 hours from 9:00pm Sunday to 8:00pm Monday
Forecast: North to northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places at times during tonight and again from late Monday morning.

Area: Taranaki, Taihape, Whanganui, Manawatu, Tararua, Kapiti-Horowhenua, Wairarapa, Wellington, Marlborough Sounds
Valid: 10 hours from 1:00pm to 11:00pm Monday
Forecast: Northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places at times.

Watches no longer in force

Strong wind watch lifted for: Manawatu, Horowhenua, Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa from Featherston northwards: The threat for severe gale north to northwest winds has now passed and the Watch is lifted. Note, northwest winds may approach severe gale for a time during Monday afternoon and evening, and a new Watch has been issued.

This watch will be updated by: 10:00am Monday 09-Jul-2018

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Issued by MetService at 9:14am Sunday 08-Jul-2018

Heavy rain and gale north to northwesterlies for central and northern parts of New Zealand

An active front is forecast to move eastwards across New Zealand today (Sunday), preceded by a period of heavy rain and gale north to northwesterlies for many places, then followed by a strong and unsettled westerly flow into Monday.

This Watch is for the possibility of rainfall accumulations reaching warning amounts during today and Monday about Fiordland, the central North Island hill country from Taranaki to Tongariro National Park and Waitomo, also the eastern ranges of Bay of Plenty. Note, Mount Taranaki is under a heavy rain warning until this evening.

This Watch is also for the possibility of severe gale north to northwesterly winds over much of the North Island today, from Northland to Waitomo and across to Hawkes Bay and Gisborne, also Wairarapa from Featherston northwards, Manawatu and to the Kapiti Coast. Remaining parts of the North Island are under a strong wind warning.

People are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts in case parts of this Watch are upgraded to a full warning, or other areas are added.

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: The eastern ranges of Bay of Plenty
Valid: 24 hours from 7:00pm Sunday to 7:00pm Monday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain during this time. The heaviest falls are expected tonight and early Monday morning.

Area: The central North Island hill country from Taranaki across to Tongariro National Park and Waitomo, including the headwaters of the Whanganui River
Valid: 24 hours from 3:00pm Sunday to 3:00pm Monday
Forecast: Expect periods of heavy rain during this time, which may approach warning amounts, especially over high ground.
Note, a heavy rain warning is in force for Mount Taranaki during this (Sunday) afternoon and evening.

Area: Fiordland
Valid: 17 hours from 1:00pm Sunday to 6:00am Monday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain and possible thunderstorms are expected. Accumulations may approach warning amounts during this time.

Strong Wind Watch

Area: Northland, Auckland including Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato, Waitomo, Taumarunui and Taupo
Valid: 6 hours from 3:00pm to 9:00pm Sunday
Forecast: North to northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places during this time. Note, a squall line may bring a brief period of localised severe westerly gales in the early evening.

Area: Bay of Plenty, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay
Valid: 10 hours from 3:00pm Sunday to 1:00am Monday
Forecast: North to northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places during this time.

Area: Manawatu, Horowhenua, Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa from Featherston northwards
Valid: 8 hours from 2:00pm to 10:00pm Sunday
Forecast: North to northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places for a time.

This watch will be updated by: 10:00pm Sunday 08-Jul-2018

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Issued by MetService at 8:47pm Saturday 07-Jul-2018

Heavy rain for western areas and gale north to northwesterlies for central and northern New Zealand

An active front is forecast to move eastwards across New Zealand during Sunday, preceded by a period of heavy rain and gale north to northwesterlies for many places, then followed by a strong and unsettled westerly flow into Monday.

This Watch is for the possibility of rainfall accumulations reaching warning amounts during Sunday and Monday about Fiordland, the central North Island hill country from Taranaki to Tongariro National Park and Waitomo, also the eastern ranges of Bay of Plenty. Note, Mount Taranaki is under a heavy rain warning until Sunday evening.

This Watch is also for the possibility of severe gale north to northwesterly winds during Sunday over much of the North Island, from Northland to Waitomo and across to Hawkes Bay and Gisborne, also Wairarapa from Featherston northwards, Manawatu and to the Kapiti Coast. Remaining parts of the North Island are under a severe gale warning.

Note, the Watch for heavy rain in Buller and northwest Nelson is now lifted, however further heavy rain for these areas on Sunday is detailed in the severe weather warning.

People are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts in case parts of this Watch are upgraded to a full warning, or other areas are added.

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: The eastern ranges of Bay of Plenty
Valid: 24 hours from 7:00pm Sunday to 7:00pm Monday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain during this time. The heaviest falls are expected Sunday night and overnight.

Area: The central North Island hill country from Taranaki across to Tongariro National Park and Waitomo, including the headwaters of the Whanganui River
Valid: 24 hours from 3:00pm Sunday to 3:00pm Monday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain during this time, which may approach warning amounts, especially over high ground.
Note, a heavy rain warning is in force for Mount Taranaki through to Sunday evening.

Area: Fiordland
Valid: 17 hours from 1:00pm Sunday to 6:00am Monday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain and possible thunderstorms are expected. Accumulations may approach warning amounts during this time.

Strong Wind Watch

Area: Northland, Auckland including Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato, Waitomo, Taumarunui and Taupo
Valid: 6 hours from 3:00pm to 9:00pm Sunday
Forecast: North to northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places during this time. Note, a squall line may bring a brief period of localised severe westerly gales in the early evening.

Area: Bay of Plenty, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay
Valid: 10 hours from 3:00pm Sunday to 1:00am Monday
Forecast: North to northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places during this time.

Area: Manawatu, Horowhenua, Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa from Featherston northwards
Valid: 7 hours from 2:00pm to 9:00pm Sunday
Forecast: North to northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places for a time.

Watches no longer in force

Heavy rain watch lifted for: Buller and northwest Nelson: Heavy rain has eased today, but further heavy rain is expected on Sunday as detailed in the severe weather warning.

This watch will be updated by: 10:00am Sunday 08-Jul-2018

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Heavy rain for western areas and gale north to northwesterlies for central and northern New Zealand

A frontal system moving northwards across the South Island is expected to become slow moving over central New Zealand this evening and then weaken. This system is preceded by gale northwesterlies and heavy rain. Another front is expected to move eastwards across New Zealand during Sunday, preceded by another period of heavy rain and gale north to northwesterlies, followed by a disturbed westerly flow.

This Watch is for the possibility of rainfall accumulations reaching warning amounts about Buller and the northwest Nelson Ranges during today, and in Fiordland during Sunday into early Monday.

This Watch is also for the possibility of severe gale north to northwesterly winds during Sunday across the remainder of the North Island not covered by a full Wind Warning.

People are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts in case parts of this Watch are upgraded to a full warning, or other areas are added.

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: Buller and northwest Nelson
Valid: 10 hours from 10:00am to 8:00pm Saturday
Forecast: This Watch is for a period of heavy rain expected during today (Saturday), during which time short duration warning amounts of rain (eg. 65mm in 10 hours) may accumulate in some places, especially in the ranges. 

Note, a full Warning is now in force for a significant period of heavy rain expected in Nelson and Buller during Sunday and early Monday.

Area: Fiordland
Valid: 17 hours from 1:00pm Sunday to 6:00am Monday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain and possible thunderstorms are expected. Accumulations may approach warning amounts during this time.

Strong Wind Watch

Area: Northland, Auckland including Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato, Waitomo, Taumarunui and Taupo
Valid: 6 hours from 3:00pm to 9:00pm Sunday
Forecast: North to northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places during this time.

Area: Bay of Plenty, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay
Valid: 12 hours from 3:00pm Sunday to 3:00am Monday
Forecast: North to northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places during this time.

Area: Manawatu, Horowhenua, Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa from Featherston northwards
Valid: 6 hours from 3:00pm to 9:00pm Sunday
Forecast: North to northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places for a time.

Watches no longer in force

Strong wind watch lifted for: Fiordland, Southland, Central Otago and the Southern Lakes

This watch will be updated by: 10:00pm Saturday 07-Jul-2018

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Heavy rain and severe gales for parts of northern and central New Zealand

Please Note: Watch for strong winds in Taupo, Taihape, Wanganui, Manawatu and Horowhenua Kapiti Coast is now upgraded to a Warning. Also, Taumarunui added to Watch for strong winds.

A deepening sub-tropical low is moving southwards toward the North Island, and is expected to move onto the Bay of Plenty during Tuesday morning and lie near Taranaki by midnight Tuesday. The low will bring heavy rain and gales to many parts of northern and central New Zealand.

People are advised to keep up to date with forecasts as parts of this Watch may be upgraded to a full Warning, and new areas may be added.

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: Northland south of the Bay of Islands
Valid: 12 hours from 6:00pm Monday to 6:00am Tuesday
Forecast: A period of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria, for instance 70mm in 12 hours.

Area: Auckland, Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula and Waikato north of Ngaruawahia
Valid: 24 hours from 3:00pm Monday to 3:00pm Tuesday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria, for instance 100mm in 24 hours.

Area: Bay Of Plenty including the Kaimai Range
Valid: 18 hours from 3:00am to 9:00pm Tuesday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria, for instance 85mm in 18 hours.

Area: Wairarapa, especially about the Tararua Range and eastern hills
Valid: 24 hours from 3:00am Tuesday to 3:00am Wednesday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria, for instance 100mm in 24 hours.

Strong Wind Watch

Area: Great Barrier Island
Valid: 19 hours from 3:00pm Monday to 10:00am Tuesday
Forecast: Southwest winds may approach severe gale at times in exposed places.

Area: Auckland
Valid: 16 hours from 6:00pm Monday to 10:00am Tuesday
Forecast: Southwest winds may approach severe gale at times in exposed places.

Area: Coromandel Peninsula
Valid: 19 hours from 4:00pm Monday to 11:00am Tuesday
Forecast: South to southwest winds may approach severe gale at times in exposed places.

Area: Eastern Waikato
Valid: 20 hours from 5:00pm Monday to 1:00pm Tuesday
Forecast: South to southeast winds may approach severe gale at times in exposed places.

Area: Gisborne
Valid: 17 hours from 6:00pm Monday to 11:00am Tuesday
Forecast: Southeast winds may approach severe gale at times in exposed places.

Area: Taumarunui
Valid: 18 hours from 9:00pm Monday to 3:00pm Tuesday
Forecast: Southeast winds may approach severe gale at times in exposed places.

Area: Hawkes Bay
Valid: 14 hours from 1:00am to 3:00pm Tuesday
Forecast: Southeast winds may approach severe gale at times in exposed places.

Area: Wellington and the Marlborough Sounds
Valid: 16 hours from 2:00am to 6:00pm Tuesday
Forecast: Southeast winds may approach severe gale at times in exposed places.

This watch will be updated by: 10:00pm Monday 11-Jun-2018

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Issued by MetService at 8:00pm Sunday 10-Jun-2018

Heavy rain and severe gales for the northern regions of the North Island on Monday and Tuesday.

A deepening subtropical low is moving south toward the North Island. This low is forecast to move onto the North Island during Monday and Tuesday accompanied by heavy rain and easterly gales, and then slowly move away to the southeast on Wednesday.

At this stage the heaviest rain is expected in Gisborne and Hawkes Bay during Monday and Tuesday, and a Warning is in force for these areas. Please note, that the Watch for severe east to southeast gales for eastern Bay of Plenty has now been upgraded to a warning.

This Watch is for the possibility that rainfall accumulations could meet Warning criteria in Northland, Auckland, Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty including Rotorua during Monday and Tuesday.

This Watch also covers the possibility that easterly winds may approach severe gale in exposed parts of Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula, and eastern Waikato north of Putaruru during Monday and Tuesday.

Additionally, there is still a low chance that the low may pass close to Auckland late Monday to Tuesday afternoon, bringing a period of severe gales to exposed areas.

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

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: Northland south of Bay of Islands
Valid: 15 hours from 2:00pm Monday to 5:00am Tuesday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria.

Area: Auckland, Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula
Valid: 28 hours from 2:00pm Monday to 6:00pm Tuesday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria.

Area: Bay Of Plenty including Rotorua, and the Kaimai Range
Valid: 24 hours from 11:00pm Monday to 11:00pm Tuesday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria.

Strong Wind Watch

Area: Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula, eastern Waikato north of Putaruru
Valid: 19 hours from 2:00pm Monday to 9:00am Tuesday
Forecast: South to southeast winds may approach severe gale in exposed places at times.

Area: Auckland excluding Great Barrier Island
Valid: 20 hours from 7:00pm Monday to 3:00pm Tuesday
Forecast: There is a low chance that the low may pass close to Auckland during Monday or Tuesday, bringing a period of severe gales.

This watch will be updated by: 10:00am Monday 11-Jun-2018

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Heavy rain and severe gale for the northern regions of the North Island on Monday and Tuesday.

A deepening sub-tropical low is forecast to move onto the North Island from the north during Monday and then slowly move off to the southeast of the country during late Tuesday or on Wednesday. There is significant uncertainty regarding the intensity and position of this low as it moves across the North Island, therefore, please stay up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings. 

At this stage the heaviest rain is expected in Gisborne and Hawkes Bay during Monday and Tuesday and a Warning is in force for these areas. 

This Watch is for the possibility that rainfall amounts could reach Warning criteria in Northland, Auckland, Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty including Rotorua during Monday and Tuesday.

This Watch also covers the possibility that easterly winds may approach severe gale in exposed parts of Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula, eastern Waikato north of Putaruru and Bay of Plenty east of Whakatane during Monday and Tuesday.

Additionally, there is a low chance that the low may pass close to Auckland during Monday or Tuesday, bringing a period of severe gales to exposed areas.

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

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: Northland
Valid: 15 hours from 2:00pm Monday to 5:00am Tuesday
Forecast: Period of heavy rain expected from Monday afternoon to early Tuesday morning. During this time rainfall accumulations could approach Warning criteria.

Area: Auckland, Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula
Valid: 28 hours from 2:00pm Monday to 6:00pm Tuesday
Forecast: Period of heavy rain expected from Monday afternoon to late Tuesday afternoon. During this time rainfall accumulations could approach Warning criteria.

Area: Bay Of Plenty including Rotorua, and the Kaimai Range
Valid: 24 hours from 11:00pm Monday to 11:00pm Tuesday
Forecast: Period of heavy rain expected from Monday evening to Tuesday evening. During this time rainfall accumulations could approach Warning criteria.

Strong Wind Watch

Area: Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula, eastern Waikato north of Putaruru
Valid: 17 hours from 2:00pm Monday to 7:00am Tuesday
Forecast: Easterly winds may approach severe gale in exposed places at times.

Area: Auckland excluding Great Barrier Island
Valid: 22 hours from 3:00pm Monday to 1:00pm Tuesday
Forecast: There is a low chance that the low may pass close to Auckland during Monday or Tuesday, bringing a period of severe gales.

Area: Bay Of Plenty east of Whakatane
Valid: 21 hours from 2:00pm Monday to 11:00am Tuesday
Forecast: Easterly winds may reach severe gale in exposed places at times.

This watch will be updated by: 10:00pm Sunday 10-Jun-2018

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Issued by MetService at 4:14pm Monday 04-Jun-2018

Periods of heavy rain for the northern and eastern regions of the North Island and eastern Marlborough, strong southerly gales for eastern Otago, and significant snow for the south of the South Island.

Please note: Upgraded Watch for Auckland to a Warning and extended to cover the whole region. Also extended Watch for Gisborne to cover the whole region.

Fronts associated with a low over the Tasman Sea are forecast to move slowly southwards over the North Island today and overnight Monday bringing periods of heavy rain with thunderstorms and localised downpours to the northern and eastern regions. The heaviest rain is expected in Auckland and Great Barrier Island until Tuesday morning and a Warning is in force.

This Watch is for the possibility of rainfall amounts reaching warning criteria in Northland, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne and eastern Marlborough through to Tuesday morning. 

The low and associated fronts are forecast to move to the east of the North Island during Tuesday bringing a cold strong southwesterly change over the country.

This Watch is also for the possibility of south-southwest winds reaching severe gale strength about coastal Clutha and Dunedin from Tuesday evening to early Wednesday morning. In addition, snow is expected to fall to low levels in the south of the South Island Tuesday night and through to Wednesday morning. This Watch is for the possibility that snow accumulations may reach warning amounts above 400 metres during this period. 

People are advised to keep up to date with latest forecasts in case parts of this Watch are upgraded to a full Warning, or further areas are added.

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: Northland, especially about the eastern hills
Valid: 14 hours from 4:00pm Monday to 6:00am Tuesday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain with isolated thunderstorms. Rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria.

Area: Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty about and west of Te Puke.
Valid: 18 hours from 4:00pm Monday to 10:00am Tuesday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain with thunderstorms possible. Rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria.

Area: Bay Of Plenty east of Te Puke including Rotorua, and all of the Gisborne region
Valid: 16 hours from 9:00pm Monday to 1:00pm Tuesday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain with possible thunderstorms. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria, especially during Tuesday morning.

Area: Kaikoura coast and ranges
Valid: 7 hours from 4:00pm to 11:00pm Monday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria.

Heavy Snow Watch

Area: Fiordland, inland Southland and Clutha, inland Dunedin, Central Otago and Southern Lakes
Valid: 12 hours from 9:00pm Tuesday to 9:00am Wednesday
Forecast: Snow is expected to fall to low levels Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, with significant accumulations in some areas above 400 metres, where amounts may approach warning criteria.

Strong Wind Watch

Area: Coastal Clutha and Dunedin
Valid: 13 hours from 7:00pm Tuesday to 8:00am Wednesday
Forecast: South to southwesterly gales are are expected from Tuesday evening to early Wednesday morning, and may approach severe gale strength in exposed parts at times.

This watch will be updated by: 9:00pm Monday 04-Jun-2018

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Periods of heavy rain for the northern and eastern regions of the North Island and eastern Marlborough, strong southerly gales for eastern Otago, and significant snow for the south of the South Island.

Fronts associated with a low over the Tasman Sea are forecast to move slowly southwards over the North Island today and overnight Monday, then to the east of the North Island Tuesday afternoon, bringing strong and cold southwesterlies over the country from late Tuesday to Wednesday. The fronts and low are forecast to bring further heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms to northern and eastern parts of the North Island during today and Tuesday.

This Watch is for the possibility of rainfall amounts reaching warning criteria in Northland, northern Auckland, Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, northern Gisborne and eastern Marlborough through to Tuesday morning. This Watch is also for the possibility of south-southwest winds reaching severe gale strength about coastal Clutha and Dunedin from Tuesday evening to early Wednesday morning.

In addition, snow is expected to fall to low levels in the south of the South Island Tuesday night and through to Wednesday morning. This Watch is also for the possibility that snow accumulations may reach warning amounts above 400 metres during this period. 

People are advised to keep up to date with latest forecasts in case parts of this Watch are upgraded to a full Warning, or further areas are added. 

Please note: Heavy Rain Watch for Hawkes Bay is now lifted.

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: Northland, especially about the eastern hills
Valid: 20 hours from 10:00am Monday to 6:00am Tuesday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain with isolated thunderstorms. Rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria.

Area: Auckland north of Orewa and Great Barrier Island.
Valid: 22 hours from 10:00am Monday to 8:00am Tuesday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain with isolated thunderstorms, easing for a time late this afternoon and early evening. Rainfall accumulations may approach short duration warning criteria (eg. 60 to 80mm in 9 to 15 hours).

Area: Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty about and west of Te Puke.
Valid: 23 hours from 11:00am Monday to 10:00am Tuesday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain with thunderstorms possible, easing for a time this evening. Rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria.

Area: Bay Of Plenty east of Te Puke including Rotorua, and Gisborne north of Tokomaru Bay
Valid: 16 hours from 9:00pm Monday to 1:00pm Tuesday
Forecast: Heavy rain has eased early this morning, but should return tonight with possible thunderstorms. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria, especially during Tuesday morning.

Area: Kaikoura coast and ranges
Valid: 13 hours from 10:00am to 11:00pm Monday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria.

Heavy Snow Watch

Area: Fiordland, inland Southland and Clutha, inland Dunedin, Central Otago and Southern Lakes
Valid: 12 hours from 9:00pm Tuesday to 9:00am Wednesday
Forecast: Snow is expected to fall to low levels Tuesday night and through to Wednesday morning, with significant accumulations in some areas above 400 metres, and may approach warning criteria.

Strong Wind Watch

Area: Coastal Clutha and Dunedin
Valid: 13 hours from 7:00pm Tuesday to 8:00am Wednesday
Forecast: South to southwesterly gales are are expected from Tuesday evening to early Wednesday morning, and may approach severe gale strength in exposed parts at times.

Watches no longer in force

Heavy rain watch lifted for: Hawkes Bay, especially about the ranges and coastal hills south of Cape Kidnappers: Heavy rain are easing and should continue to ease this morning. The Watch is now lifted.

This watch will be updated by: 9:00pm Monday 04-Jun-2018

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Issued by MetService at 9:23pm Sunday 03-Jun-2018

Periods of heavy rain for the northern and eastern regions of the North Island tonight and Monday, and for eastern Marlborough during Monday.

Fronts associated with a low over the Tasman Sea are forecast to move slowly southwards over the North Island during tonight and Monday, bringing rain with possible thundery downpours especially to the northern and eastern districts. The heaviest falls are expected in Bay of Plenty west of Te Puke, and the Kaimai Range, where a Warning remains in force until 11pm tonight. Another period of rain, with possible thunderstorms, is expected in Northland, Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula and western Bay of Plenty during Monday.

This Watch is for the possibility of rainfall amounts reaching Warning criteria in Northland, eastern Bay of Plenty, the ranges of northern Gisborne and about Hawkes Bay, tonight and during Monday morning. This Watch also covers the possibility of rainfall amounts reaching warning criteria in northern Auckland, Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula, western Bay of Plenty and eastern Marlborough during Monday.

Please note: The threat for strong northeasterlies in Auckland has now passed and the Watch is lifted. 

People are advised to keep up to date with latest forecasts in case parts of this Watch are upgraded to a full Warning, or further areas are added.

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: Northland, especially about the eastern hills
Valid: 15 hours from 10:00pm Sunday to 1:00pm Monday
Forecast: A period of rain with possible thunderstorms spreading from the north. Rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria.

Area: Auckland north of Orewa and Great Barrier Island.
Valid: 6 hours from 9:00am to 3:00pm Monday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain with thunderstorms possible. Rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria.

Area: Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty about and west of Te Puke.
Valid: 8 hours from 1:00pm to 9:00pm Monday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain with thunderstorms possible. Rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria.

Area: Bay Of Plenty east of Te Puke including Rotorua, and Gisborne north of Tokomaru Bay
Valid: 14 hours from 9:00pm Sunday to 11:00am Monday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain with thunderstorms possible. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria.

Area: Hawkes Bay, especially about the ranges and coastal hills south of Cape Kidnappers
Valid: 14 hours from 9:00pm Sunday to 11:00am Monday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall accumulations may approach short during warning criteria, for example 70 to 80mm in 14 hours.

Area: Kaikoura coast and ranges
Valid: 17 hours from 6:00am to 11:00pm Monday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria.

Watches no longer in force

Strong wind watch lifted for: Exposed parts of Auckland excluding Great Barrier Island: Strong northeasterlies have now eased and the Watch is lifted.

This watch will be updated by: 10:00am Monday 04-Jun-2018

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Issued by MetService at 8:32pm Saturday 02-Jun-2018

Periods of heavy rain and northeast gales for the northern regions of the North Island.

Fronts associated with a deepening low over the Tasman Sea are forecast to move slowly southwards over the northern regions of the North Island during tonight, Sunday and Monday morning, bringing rain with possible thundery downpours. The heaviest falls are expected in Northland tonight and Sunday morning, and a Warning is in force.

This Watch is for the possibility of rainfall amounts reaching Warning criteria in Auckland, Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty west of Whakatane including Rotorua, the Kaimai Range and the ranges of Gisborne north of Tokomaru Bay during Sunday and Monday morning.

In addition, northeast winds are expected to rise to gale in exposed places. This Watch also covers the risk of severe northeast gales in Northland until Sunday morning, and for northeast winds reaching warning criteria in exposed parts of Auckland excluding Great Barrier Island until early Sunday afternoon. 

People are advised to keep up to date with latest forecasts in case parts of this Watch are upgraded to a full Warning, or further areas are added.

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: Auckland, including Great Barrier Island, and Coromandel Peninsula.
Valid: 17 hours from 1:00am to 6:00pm Sunday
Forecast: Periods of rain with thunderstorms and localised downpours. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria.

Area: Bay of Plenty west of Whakatane, including Rotorua and the Kaimai range. Also ranges of Gisborne north of Tokomaru Bay.
Valid: 27 hours from 6:00am Sunday to 9:00am Monday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain with thunderstorms possible. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria.

Strong Wind Watch

Area: Northland
Valid: 10 hours from 8:00pm Saturday to 6:00am Sunday
Forecast: Northeast winds may approach severe gale in exposed parts at times.

Area: Exposed parts of Auckland excluding Great Barrier Island
Valid: 17 hours from 8:00pm Saturday to 1:00pm Sunday
Forecast: Northeast winds may approach warning criteria at times.

This watch will be updated by: 10:00am Sunday 03-Jun-2018

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Issued by MetService at 10:41am Sunday 13-May-2018

Periods of heavy rain possible for the northeast of the North Island.

A slow moving low over the Tasman Sea is directing a moist northerly flow onto the North Island, with a series of embedded troughs bringing further rain to parts of northern and central New Zealand. The heaviest rain is expected about eastern Bay of Plenty east of Whakatane and Gisborne north of Ruatoria, and a warning remains in force for these areas.

This Watch is for the possibility of rainfall accumulations reaching short duration warning criteria over Coromandel Peninsula and Great Barrier Island, the remainder of Bay of Plenty, including Rotorua, the remainder of Gisborne and also the ranges of northern Hawkes Bay.

Note, the Watch for Northland, Auckland not including Great Barrier Island, Waikato, Waitomo, Taumarunui, Taihape and Taupo is lifted.

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: Coromandel Peninsula and Great Barrier Island
Valid: 13 hours from 10:00am to 11:00pm Sunday
Forecast: Localised heavy rain and thunderstorms are still possible until tonight, although these may remain offshore. Rainfall amounts may reach short duration warning criteria.

Area: Bay Of Plenty from Whakatane westwards, including Rotorua
Valid: 20 hours from 10:00am Sunday to 6:00am Monday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain are likely until early Monday morning. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria.

Area: Gisborne south of Ruatoria and the ranges of northern Hawkes Bay
Valid: 23 hours from 10:00am Sunday to 9:00am Monday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain are possible until Monday morning. Rainfall accumulations could approach warning amounts.

Watches no longer in force

Heavy rain watch lifted for: Northland: No further widespread heavy rain expected and the Watch is lifted. However, isolated heavy showers and thunderstorms are still possible about the east coast until this evening.

Heavy rain watch lifted for: Auckland, not including Great Barrier Island: No further widespread heavy rain expected and the Watch is lifted. However, isolated heavy showers and thunderstorms are still possible north of Orewa until this evening.

Heavy rain watch lifted for: Waikato, Waitomo, Taumarunui, Taupo and Taihape: No further widespread heavy rain expected

This watch will be updated by: 10:00pm Sunday 13-May-2018

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