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Last updated: July 20, 2017, 9:21:01 PM

 

 


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, GREAT BARRIER ISLAND,COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY, GISBORNE, NELSON, CHRISTCHURCH,CANTERBURY PLAINS, CANTERBURY HIGH COUNTRY, NORTH OTAGO, CENTRALOTAGO, SOUTHERN LAKES, DUNEDIN, CLUTHA ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 2048hrs 19-Jul-2017

SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM FOR MOST PARTS OF NEW ZEALAND

A large complex low pressure system is expected to move over New Zealand from the Tasman Sea on Thursday, then slowly cross the country during Friday and Saturday.

The low is expected to bring strong winds and a period of heavy rain to the upper North Island and the ranges of northwest Nelson on Thursday and Friday. The heaviest falls are expected in Bay of Plenty and Rotorua, where the heavy rain Watch has been upgraded to a full Warning.

This WATCH is for the possibility that north to northeasterly gales will become severe in the parts of the following areas...

NORTHLAND: Thursday afternoon.

AUCKLAND including GREAT BARRIER ISLAND: Thursday afternoon and early Thursday evening.

COROMANDEL PENINSULA: From late Thursday afternoon to late Thursday evening.

BAY OF PLENTY: From late Thursday afternoon to Thursday night.

GISBORNE: From early Thursday evening to early Friday morning.

This WATCH is also for the possibility that rainfall accumulations may reach short-duration warning criteria (eg. 50mm in 6 hours or 60mm in 9 hours) in the following areas...

The ranges of GISBORNE north of Tokomaru Bay: From early Thursday evening to early Friday morning.

The ranges of northwest NELSON: Thursday evening and overnight Thursday.

In addition, this low is expected to bring heavy rain and snow to the eastern and southern parts of the South Island on Friday and Saturday as it moves slowly to the east of the country.

Snow is likely to fall to low levels over inland southern and eastern parts of the South Island during Friday and Saturday with significant accumulations above 400 or 500 metres. This will affect many higher roads in the region, and could cause problems for livestock.

This WATCH is also for the possibility that rainfall accumulations will reach warning criteria and fall as snow above 400 or 500 metres in the following areas...

CANTERBURY (especially about the foothills and high country): Starting Friday morning and continuing into Saturday morning.

OTAGO: From Friday morning to the early hours of Saturday morning.

People in these areas are strongly advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts as this event unfolds in case more areas are added to this WATCH or parts of this WATCH are upgraded to a full WARNING.

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am Thursday 20 July 2017

 

 


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, GREAT BARRIER ISLAND,COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY, GISBORNE, MARLBOROUGH,CHRISTCHURCH, CANTERBURY PLAINS, CANTERBURY HIGH COUNTRY, NORTH OTAGO,CENTRAL OTAGO, DUNEDIN, CLUTHA, SOUTHERN LAKES ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 0937hrs 19-Jul-2017

SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM FOR MOST PARTS OF NEW ZEALAND

A rapidly deepening low pressure system is forecast to approach New Zealand from the Tasman Sea on Thursday and move slowly east across the central districts on Friday and Saturday.

The low is expected to bring strong winds and a period of heavy rain to the upper North Island on Thursday and Friday.

This WATCH is for the possibility that northeast gales will become severe in the following areas...

NORTHLAND and AUCKLAND: From Thursday afternoon to Thursday evening. COROMANDEL PENINSULA and BAY OF PLENTY: From late Thursday afternoon to Thursday night.

GISBORNE: From Thursday evening to Friday morning.

This WATCH is also for the possibility that rainfall accumulations may reach warning criteria in the following area...

BAY OF PLENTY, especially in the east: From Thursday afternoon to Thursday night. 

In addition, this low is expected to bring heavy rain and snow to the eastern and southern parts of the South Island on Friday and Saturday as it slowly moves to the east of the country. 

Snow is likely to fall to low levels over inland southern and eastern parts of South Island during Friday and Saturday with significant accumulations above 400 metres. This will affect many higher roads in the region, and could cause problems for livestock.

This WATCH is also for the possibility that rainfall accumulations may reach warning criteria and fall as snow above 400 metres in the following areas...

CANTERBURY and OTAGO: Starting Friday morning and may continue into Saturday.

People in these areas are strongly advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts as this event unfolds in case more areas are added to this WATCH or parts of this WATCH are upgraded to a full WARNING.

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am 20th July


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR BAY OF PLENTY, TAUPO, GISBORNE, HAWKES BAY ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 0832hrs 14-Jul-2017

HEAVY RAIN AND SOUTHERLY GALES FOR HAWKES BAY, GISBORNE AND THE EASTERN RANGES OF BAY OF PLENTY AND TAUPO UNTIL THIS EVENING

Heavy rain and southerly gales are forecast for Hawkes Bay, Gisborne and the eastern ranges of Bay of Plenty and Taupo until this evening, when the rain and winds should ease. Note, heavy snow is expected above 600 metres in Hawkes Bay and a WARNING is in force there. Heavy snow is also possible above 800 metres in Gisborne and the eastern ranges of Bay of Plenty, but especially above 1000 metres.

This WATCH is for the possibility of rainfall amounts reaching warning criteria for example 80mm falling in under 16 hours in the following areas...

Hawkes Bay, mainly north of Napier: Until this evening (Friday), falling as heavy snow above 600 metres.

Gisborne and the eastern ranges of Bay of Plenty: Until tonight (Friday). Note, this could fall as heavy snow above 800 metres, but especially above 1000 metres.

This Watch is also for the possibility of severe south to southeast gales in the following areas....

Hawkes Bay and Gisborne, mainly about coastal areas: Until this evening (Friday).

Eastern parts of Bay of Plenty and Taupo, mainly about the ranges: From late this morning through to this evening (Friday).

People in these areas are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts in case part of this WATCH is upgraded to a full WARNING.

Note, the WATCH for heavy rain about Taranaki and Whanganui is lifted. Also, the WATCH for possible severe gales about Northland is also lifted.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Friday 14th July

 

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, BAY OF PLENTY, TAUPO, TARANAKI,WANGANUI, HAWKES BAY, GISBORNE ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 2029hrs 13-Jul-2017

 

SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM FOR THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN NORTH ISLAND

 

A deep low over the North Island is moving northeast tonight,bringing heavy rain, snow and severe southerly gales to central and southern parts of the North Island.

 

This is the tail end of a significant weather event, and the combination of heavy rain, snow and strong winds continues to cause disruption to transport and possibly power supplies.

 

The heaviest snow is expected about the central North Island high country including higher parts of Hawkes Bay and Manawatu and warnings are in force for these places.

 

Significant rainfall is expected about the lower North Island, especially Wairarapa, Wellington, Kapiti and higher parts of Manawatu and warnings are in force for these places.

 

In addition, warnings for severe gales are still in force for many central parts.

 

This Watch is for the possibility that rainfall accumulations may reach warning criteria in the following areas...

 

Taranaki and Whanganui: Tonight and overnight.

 

Hawkes Bay: Until Friday evening.

 

Gisborne: From Friday afternoon to late Friday night.

 

This Watch is also for the possibility of severe southwest to southeast gales in the following areas....

 

Northland: Until Friday morning.

 

Hawkes Bay and Gisborne, mainly about coastal areas: From late Friday morning to Friday evening.

 

Eastern parts of Bay of Plenty and Taupo, mainly about the ranges: From Friday afternoon to Friday evening.

 

People in these areas are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts and Warnings, as this event continues to unfold.

 

Please note that winds have eased in Canterbury, southern Marlborough, Nelson and Auckland, and the Watch for these areas has been lifted.

 

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am Friday 13 July

 

 


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR CHRISTCHURCH, CANTERBURY PLAINS, CANTERBURYHIGH COUNTRY, MARLBOROUGH, NELSON, MANAWATU, WANGANUI, TAIHAPE,HAWKESBAY, TAUMARUNUI, AUCKLAND, NORTHLAND, GISBORNE, TAUPO, BAY OF PLENTY ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 0951hrs 13-Jul-2017

SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM FOR THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN NORTH ISLAND

A deep low east of the North Island is moving northwest today bringing heavy rain, snow and severe southerly gales to central and southern parts of the North Island.

This is a significant weather event, with its combination of heavy rain, snow and strong winds, continues to cause widespread disruption to transport and possibly power supplies.

The heaviest snow is expected about the central North Island high country including higher parts of Hawkes Bay and Manawatu and warnings are in force for these places. Further snow showers are expected about North Canterbury and the Kaikoura District, but gradually easing in intensity.

This Watch is for the likelihood of significant snow accumulations above 200 metres in the following areas...

Remaining parts of Canterbury and Marlborough: Snow showers continue to ease today, followed by icy conditions on the roads.

In addition, significant rainfall is also expected about the lower North Island, especially Wairarapa, Wellington, Kapiti and higher parts of Manawatu and warnings are in force for these places.

This Watch is also for the possibility that rainfall accumulations may reach warning criteria in the following areas...

Taranaki and Whanganui: This morning through to tonight.

Hawkes Bay: From tonight to Friday evening.

Gisborne: From Friday afternoon to late Friday night.

Also, southerly gales will continue to affect central New Zealand until Friday, with severe gales about the Marlborough Sounds, Wellington, Kapiti, Wairarapa, Whanganui and Taranaki and warnings are in force for these places.

This Watch is for the possibility of severe south to southeast gales in the following areas....

Northern Canterbury, remainder of Marlborough and Nelson: Until this evening.

Northland: From this evening to early Friday.

Auckland: From this afternoon to late tonight.

Hawkes Bay and Gisborne, mainly about coastal areas: From late Friday morning to Friday evening.

Eastern parts of Bay of Plenty and Taupo, mainly about the ranges: From Friday afternoon to Friday evening.

People in these areas are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts and Warnings, as this event continues to unfold.

Note the threat for heavy rain about Coastal Marlborough especially lower parts of the Kaikoura Coast has now passed and the WATCH is lifted.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm 13th of July

 


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY, HAWKESBAY, WAIRARAPA, MARLBOROUGH, CHRISTCHURCH, CANTERBURY PLAINS, NORTHOTAGO ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 0846hrs 14-Jun-2017

SOUTHWEST GALES FOR PARTS OF SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW ZEALAND

A strong, cold southwesterly flow over New Zealand gradually eases today.

The strongest winds are about coastal Clutha and Dunedin, also Banks Peninsula and the Port Hills of Christchurch, and a WARNING remains in force for these areas.

This WATCH is for the possibility of severe southwest gales in the following areas...

COROMANDEL PENINSULA AND BAY OF PLENTY, MAINLY NEAR THE KAIMAI RANGE: Until midday today.

NORTH OTAGO: Until midday today.

COASTAL CANTERBURY AND THE KAIKOURA COAST (not including BANKS PENINSULA and the PORT HILLS which are on WARNING): Until late this afternoon.

COASTAL WAIRARAPA: Until this evening.

HAWKES BAY EAST OF WAIROA: From late this afternoon until tonight.

Note, very large and potentially damaging seas are possible about some eastern and southern coasts, including the Wellington south coast.

People in these areas are advised to remain up to date with forecasts in case parts of this WATCH are upgraded to a full WARNING or further areas are added.

Note, the WATCH for possible severe northwest gales about HAWKES BAY north of Hastings, HOROWHENUA KAPITI COAST and coastal parts of MANAWATU and WHANGANUI is lifted. Also, the WATCH for possible severe southwest gales about the WELLINGTON south coast is lifted.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Wednesday June 14th

 

 


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR SOUTHLAND, CLUTHA, DUNEDIN, SOUTHERN LAKES,CENTRAL OTAGO, NORTH OTAGO, CHRISTCHURCH, CANTERBURY PLAINS, NELSON,MARLBOROUGH, WELLINGTON, WAIRARAPA, KAPITI HOROWHENUA, MANAWATU,WANGANUI, HAWKES BAY, BAY OF PLENTY, COROMANDEL PENINSULA ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 2038hrs 13-Jun-2017

 

GALES FOR MANY PARTS OF SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW ZEALAND. ALSO, SNOW FOR HIGHER PARTS OF SOUTHLAND AND OTAGO OVERNIGHT TUESDAY. RAIN ABOUT THE TARARUA RANGE EASING THIS EVENING (TUESDAY).

 

A series of fronts are forecast to cross New Zealand overnight Tuesday, preceded by strong northwest winds and followed by a very strong, cold southwest flow.

 

The strongest winds are expected about Wairarapa, Hawkes Bay south of Hastings, coastal Southland, Clutha, Dunedin, Banks Peninsula, the Port Hills of Christchurch and Nelson west of Riwaka and a WARNING remains in force for these areas.

 

This WATCH is for the possibility of severe northwest gales in the following areas...

 

HAWKES BAY north of Hastings (not covered in the warning): From this evening until early Wednesday morning.

 

HOROWHENUA KAPITI COAST and coastal parts of MANAWATU and WHANGANUI: From this evening through to the early hours of Wednesday morning.

 

This WATCH is also for the possibility of severe southwest gales in the following areas...

 

COROMANDEL PENINSULA and BAY OF PLENTY, MAINLY NEAR THE KAIMAI RANGE: From tonight to late Wednesday morning.

 

NORTH OTAGO: From tonight to late Wednesday morning.

 

COASTAL CANTERBURY AND THE KAIKOURA COAST (not including BANKS PENINSULA and the PORT HILLS which are on WARNING): For a time Wednesday morning and afternoon.

 

COASTAL WAIRARAPA, ALSO THE WELLINGTON SOUTH COAST: From late Wednesday morning until Wednesday evening.

 

Note, very large, potentially damaging seas are possible about some eastern and southern coasts, including the Wellington south coast.

 

Also, brief heavy snow is expected above 500 metres for inland parts of Southland and Otago south of Cromwell until early Wednesday morning, which could affect many of the higher roads in these regions.

 

People in these areas are advised to remain up to date with the latest forecasts in case parts of this WATCH are upgraded to a full WARNING or further areas are added.

 

The WATCH for possible severe northwest gales about the CANTERBURY HIGH COUNTRY, MARLBOROUGH and WELLINGTON is lifted.

 

Also, the rain is expected to continue to ease about the TARARUA RANGE this evening and the WATCH there is also lifted.

 

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am Wednesday 14th June 2017

 

 


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY, HAWKESBAY, WAIRARAPA, WANGANUI, MANAWATU, KAPITI HOROWHENUA, WELLINGTON,MARLBOROUGH, NELSON, BULLER, WESTLAND, CHRISTCHURCH, CANTERBURY HIGHCOUNTRY, NORTH OTAGO, CENTRAL OTAGO, SOUTHERN LAKES ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 1000hrs 13-Jun-2017

HEAVY RAIN FOR TARARUA RANGE. GALES FOR MANY PARTS OF SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW ZEALAND CONTINUE. ALSO, SNOW FOR HIGHER PARTS OF SOUTHLAND AND OTAGO.

A front over the upper South Island moves northeastwards and weakens. A second front moving up the South Island this morning is expected to bring another brief period of heavy rain to Fiordland. This second front is followed by colder air and snow about the southern hills and ranges of the South Island.

This WATCH is for the possibility that rainfall amounts will approach short duration warning amount for TARARUA RANGE until this evening. In addition, strong to gale northwest winds precede the fronts, while a very strong, cold southwest flow follows the second front from late this afternoon through to Wednesday afternoon. The strongest winds are expected about Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay south of Hastings,coastal parts of Southland, Clutha, Dunedin, Banks Peninsula, the Port Hills of Christchurch and Nelson west of Riwaka, and a WARNING is in force for these areas.

This WATCH is for the possibility of severe northwest gales in the following areas...

CANTERBURY HIGH COUNTRY and MARLBOROUGH: Until this evening.

WELLINGTON: Until tonight.

HAWKES BAY north of Hastings (not covered in the warning): From late this afternoon until the early hours of Wednesday morning.

HOROWHENUA KAPITI COAST and coastal parts of MANAWATU and WHANGANUI: From this afternoon through to the early hours of Wednesday morning.

This WATCH is also for the possibility of severe southwest gales in the following areas...

COROMANDEL PENINSULA and WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY NEAR THE KAIMAI RANGE, INCLUDING TAURANGA: From tonight to late Wednesday morning.

NOTE, brief heavy snow is expected above 500 metres for inland parts of Southland and Otago south of Cromwell until early Wednesday morning, which could affect many of the higher roads in these regions.

People in these areas are advised to remain up to date with the latest forecasts in case parts of this WATCH are upgraded to a full WARNING or further areas are added.

Note, the WATCH for heavy rain about THE HEADWATERS OF THE CANTERBURY LAKES AND RIVERS, THE RANGES OF WESTLAND NORTH OF OTIRA AND BULLER is now lifted.

Also, the WATCH for severe southwest gales in NELSON WEST OF RIWAKA, BANKS PENINSULA and THE PORT HILLS OF CHRISTCHURCH has been upgraded to a WARNING.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9:15pm 13th June

 


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR SOUTHERN LAKES, CENTRAL OTAGO, CANTERBURYHIGH COUNTRY, CHRISTCHURCH, WESTLAND, BULLER, NELSON, MARLBOROUGH,WELLINGTON, WAIRARAPA, KAPITI HOROWHENUA, MANAWATU, WANGANUI, HAWKESBAY, BAY OF PLENTY, COROMANDEL PENINSULA ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 2022hrs 12-Jun-2017

HEAVY RAIN FOR THE WEST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND AND GALES FOR MANY PARTS OF SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW ZEALAND. ALSO, SNOW FOR HIGHER PARTS OF SOUTHLAND AND OTAGO

A front moves over the South Island overnight Monday and early Tuesday morning, bringing a period of heavy northwesterly rain to western areas with possible thunderstorms. The heaviest rain is expected about Fiordland and the Westland ranges south of Otira and a WARNING remains in force for these areas. A second front moving up the South Island on Tuesday is expected to bring another period of heavy rain to Fiordland during the morning followed by colder air and snow about the southern hills and ranges.

This WATCH is for the possibility that rainfall amounts will approach short duration warning levels (eg. 60mm in 9 hours or 80mm in 15 hours) in the following areas... 

THE HEADWATERS OF THE CANTERBURY LAKES AND RIVERS: Until the early hours of Tuesday morning.

THE RANGES OF WESTLAND NORTH OF OTIRA AND BULLER: From this evening to Tuesday morning.

TARARUA RANGE: From Tuesday morning to Tuesday evening.

In addition, strong to gale northwest winds precede the fronts, while a very strong, cold southwest flow follows the second front later Tuesday and early Wednesday. The strongest winds are expected about Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay south of Hastings and also coastal parts of Southland, Clutha and Dunedin and a WARNING is in force for these areas.

This WATCH is also for the possibility of severe northwest gales in the following areas... 

CANTERBURY HIGH COUNTRY: Until early Tuesday morning, and then again from late Tuesday morning to Tuesday evening.

MARLBOROUGH and WELLINGTON: From Tuesday morning to Tuesday night. 

HAWKES BAY north of Hastings (not overed in the warning): From Tuesday afternoon until the early hours of Wednesday morning.

HOROWHENUA KAPITI COAST and coastal parts of MANAWATU and WHANGANUI: From Tuesday afternoon through to the early hours of Wednesday.

This WATCH is also for the possibility of severe southwest gales in the following areas... 

NELSON WEST OF RIWAKA: From Tuesday afternoon to the early hours of Wednesday.

BANKS PENINSULA AND THE PORT HILLS OF CHRISTCHURCH: From Tuesday night to Wednesday afternoon.

COROMANDEL PENINSULA and WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY NEAR THE KAIMAI RANGE, INCLUDING TAURANGA: From Tuesday night to Wednesday morning. 

NOTE, brief heavy snow is also likely above 500 metres for inland parts of Southland and Otago south of Cromwell from about midday Tuesday to early Wednesday morning, which could affect many of the higher roads in these regions.

People in these areas are advised to remain up to date with the latest forecasts in case parts of this WATCH are upgraded to a full WARNING or further areas are added.

Note, the WATCH for heavy rain about the HEADWATERS OF THE OTAGO LAKES AND RIVERS is lifted.

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am Tuesday 13th June 2017 


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR SOUTHERN LAKES, CENTRAL OTAGO, CANTERBURYHIGH COUNTRY, CHRISTCHURCH, WESTLAND, BULLER, NELSON, MARLBOROUGH,WELLINGTON, WAIRARAPA, KAPITI HOROWHENUA, MANAWATU, HAWKES BAY,WANGANUI, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 1707hrs 12-Jun-2017

HEAVY RAIN FOR THE WEST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND AND GALES FOR MANY PARTS OF SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW ZEALAND. ALSO, SNOW FOR HIGHER PARTS OF SOUTHLAND AND OTAGO

A front moves northwards over the South Island today and Tuesday morning, bringing a period of heavy northwesterly rain to western areas with possible thunderstorms. The heaviest rain is expected about Fiordland and the Westland ranges south of Otira and a WARNING remains in force for these areas. A second front moving up the South Island on Tuesday is expected to bring another period of heavy rain to Fiordland during the morning.

This WATCH is for the possibility that rainfall amounts will approach short duration warning levels (eg. 60mm in 9 hours or 85mm in 18 hours) in the following areas...

THE HEADWATERS OF THE OTAGO LAKES AND RIVERS: Until this evening (Monday).

THE HEADWATERS OF THE CANTERBURY LAKES AND RIVERS: Until the early hours of Tuesday.

THE RANGES OF WESTLAND NORTH OF OTIRA AND BULLER: From this evening to Tuesday morning.

TARARUA RANGE: From Tuesday morning to Tuesday evening.

In addition, strong to gale northwest winds precede the fronts,while a very strong, cold southwest flow follows the second front later Tuesday and early Wednesday. The strongest winds are expected about Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay south of Hastings and also coastal parts of Southland, Clutha and Dunedin and a WARNING is now in force for these areas.

This WATCH is also for the possibility of severe northwest gales in the following areas...

CANTERBURY HIGH COUNTRY: Until early Tuesday morning, and then again from late Tuesday morning to Tuesday evening.

MARLBOROUGH and WELLINGTON: From Tuesday morning to Tuesday night.

HAWKES BAY north of Hastings (not covered in the warning): From Tuesday afternoon until the early hours of Wednesday morning.

HOROWHENUA KAPITI COAST and coastal parts of MANAWATU and WHANGANUI: From Tuesday afternoon through to the early hours of Wednesday.

This WATCH is also for the possibility of severe west or southwest gales in the following areas...

NELSON west of RIWAKA: From Tuesday afternoon to the early hours of Wednesday.

BANKS PENINSULA: From Tuesday night to Wednesday afternoon.

COROMANDEL PENINSULA and WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY near the Kaimai Range, including Tauranga: From Tuesday night to Wednesday morning.

Note, brief heavy snow is also likely above 500 metres for inland parts of Southland and Otago south of Cromwell from about midday Tuesday to early Wednesday morning, which could affect many of the higher roads in these regions.

People in these areas are advised to remain up to date with the latest forecasts in case parts of this WATCH are upgraded to a full WARNING or further areas are added.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9:30pm Monday

 


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR BAY OF PLENTY ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 1053hrs 05-Jun-2017

A BURST OF HEAVY RAIN FOR EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY OVERNIGHT MONDAY

An active front is forecast to move east across the upper North Island overnight Monday. A period of heavy rain is expected with this front, especially for the eastern Bay of Plenty where rainfall accumulation may reach short during warning criteria (for example 70 to 80mm in 12 hours).

This WATCH is for the possibility that rainfall amounts will reach warning criteria in the following area...

BAY OF PLENTY EAST OF KAWERAU: From Monday evening until early Tuesday morning.

People are advised to keep up to date with forecasts in case this WATCH is upgraded to a full warning, or other areas are added to the WATCH.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm 5th June

 


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, GREAT BARRIER ISLAND,COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY, ROTORUA, TARANAKI, TAUMARUNUI,TAIHAPE, WANGANUI, NELSON, MARLBOROUGH, BULLER, WESTLAND ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 2056hrs 16-May-2017

 

HEAVY RAIN AND NORTHERLY GALES FOR NORTHERN AND WESTERN AREAS

 

An active front over Northland is forecast to move slowly eastwards across the upper North Island tonight and during Wednesday, before moving away to the east Wednesday night. An associated deep low should then cross central New Zealand during Thursday morning.

 

These weather systems are forecast to bring heavy rain and northerly gales to northern and western parts of both islands. The heaviest rain is expected about the eastern hills of Northland and the ranges of northwest Nelson, and a warning is in force for these areas. Also, the Watch for Bay of Plenty has been upgraded to a full Warning for the area east of Whakatane. Note also that all of Auckland is now included in the Watch for heavy rain.

 

This WATCH is for the possibility of rainfall amounts reaching short duration warning criteria, for example 70mm in 12 hours, in the following areas...

 

THE REMAINDER OF NORTHLAND NOT COVERED BY WARNING: Until late Wednesday morning.

 

AUCKLAND From midnight tonight (Tuesday) to midday Wednesday. Note that peak intensities of 15 to 25mm per hour are possible.

 

COROMANDEL PENINSULA AND GREAT BARRIER ISLAND: From early Wednesday morning until early Wednesday afternoon.

 

BAY OF PLENTY WEST OF WHAKATANE, INCLUDING ROTORUA: From early Wednesday morning until Wednesday evening.

 

MOUNT TARANAKI ACROSS TO TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK, INCLUDING THE HILLS OF TAUMARUNUI AND THE HEADWATERS OF THE WHANGANUI RIVER: For a time during Wednesday morning, and again from Wednesday evening until Thursday afternoon.

 

THE REMAINDER OF NELSON NOT COVERED BY WARNING ALSO THE MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS AND RICHMOND RANGES: For a time during Wednesday morning, and again from Wednesday evening to Thursday morning.

 

RANGES OF BULLER AND WESTLAND NORTH OF THE GLACIERS: From Wednesday afternoon until early Thursday morning.

 

In addition, strong winds are also expected for a time ahead of the front and also with the low. This WATCH covers the possibility of severe gales in the following areas...

 

AUCKLAND: Northeast winds may rise to severe gale in exposed places for a time Wednesday morning.

 

FROM SOUTH TARANAKI ACROSS TO TAIHAPE INCLUDING THE WHANGANUI HILL COUNTRY: Northerly winds may rise to severe gale, especially in exposed higher ground, for a time Wednesday morning.

 

Note, further strong winds are also possible early Thursday as the deep low crosses central New Zealand and WATCHES and WARNINGS may be added nearer the time.

 

People in these areas are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case parts of this WATCH are upgraded to WARNING and further areas are added.

 

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am Wednesday May 17th

 


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, GREAT BARRIER ISLAND,COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY, ROTORUA, TARANAKI, TAUMARUNUI,TAIHAPE, WANGANUI, NELSON, MARLBOROUGH, BULLER, WESTLAND ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 1044hrs 16-May-2017

HEAVY RAIN FOR NORTHERN AND WESTERN AREAS.

A deep low and associated front over the Tasman Sea are forecast to approach New Zealand tonight. The front is expected to cross the country overnight and tomorrow. The low should then cross central New Zealand during Thursday morning.

This weather system is forecast to bring heavy rain to northern and western parts of both islands. The heaviest falls are expected about the eastern hills of Northland and northwest Nelson and a warning is in force for these areas.

This WATCH is for the possibility of rainfall amounts reaching warning criteria in the following areas...

THE REMAINDER OF NORTHLAND NOT COVERED BY WARNING: From tonight until late Wednesday morning.

AUCKLAND NORTH OF OREWA AND COROMANDEL PENINSULA INCLUDING GREAT BARRIER ISLAND: From early Wednesday morning until early Wednesday afternoon.

BAY OF PLENTY INCLUDING ROTORUA: From early Wednesday morning, easing west of KAWERAU around mid afternoon and elsewhere in the evening. Note, heaviest falls are expected about the ranges east of OPOTIKI with possible thunderstorms and the WATCH there may well be upgraded to warning.

MOUNT TARANAKI ACROSS TO TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK, INCLUDING THE HILLS OF TAUMARUNUI AND THE HEADWATERS OF THE WHANGANUI RIVER: For a time during Wednesday morning, and again from Wednesday evening until Thursday afternoon.

THE REMAINDER OF NELSON NOT COVERED BY WARNING ALSO THE MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS AND RICHMOND RANGES: For a time during Wednesday morning, and again from Wednesday evening to Thursday morning.

RANGES OF BULLER AND WESTLAND NORTH OF THE GLACIERS: From Wednesday afternoon until early Thursday morning.

In addition, strong winds are also expected for a time ahead of the front and also with the low. This WATCH covers the possibility of severe gales in the following areas...

AUCKLAND: Northeast winds may rise to severe gale in exposed places for a time Wednesday morning.

FROM SOUTH TARANAKI ACROSS TO TAIHAPE INCLUDING THE WHANGANUI HILL COUNTRY:Northerly winds may rise to severe gale, especially in exposed higher ground, for a time Wednesday morning.

Note, further strong winds are also possible early Thursday as the deep low crosses central New Zealand and WATCHES and WARNINGS may be added nearer the time.> People in these areas are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case parts of this WATCH are upgraded to WARNING and further areas are added.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9:30pm Tuesday

 


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, BAY OF PLENTY, ROTORUA, WAIRARAPA,TARANAKI, KAPITI HOROWHENUA, WELLINGTON, NELSON, BULLER, CENTRALOTAGO, SOUTHERN LAKES, CLUTHA, SOUTHLAND, STEWART ISLAND ISSUED BY METSERVICE 28-Apr-2017

HEAVY RAIN FOR CENTRAL AND NORTHERN NEW ZEALAND, AND WEST TO NORTHWEST GALES FOR SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW ZEALAND

A front over the upper South Island becomes slow-moving over the lower North Island this evening, then moves northeastwards over the remainder of the North Island during Sunday, followed by a colder southerly flow.

Periods of heavy north to northwesterly rain are expected about the west of central and northern New Zealand ahead of the front.

This WATCH is for the possibility of rainfall amounts reaching warning criteria in the following areas...

FIORDLAND: Until late this morning.

RANGES OF BULLER: Heavy rain easing early this afternoon, but another period of heavy rain during Saturday afternoon and evening.

NORTHWEST NELSON: Saturday afternoon and evening.

TARARUA RANGE: A period of heavy rain from this evening until Saturday morning, then another period of heavy rain from Saturday evening until late Sunday morning.

MT TARANAKI: Saturday afternoon until late Sunday morning.

NORTHLAND, ESPECIALLY THE EASTERN HILLS: Late Saturday morning until late Sunday morning.

BAY OF PLENTY, ESPECIALLY THE EASTERN RANGES: Saturday evening until early Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, an associated deep low passes to the south of the South Island this morning, bringing west to northwest gales to southern and central New Zealand for a time. A WARNING remains in force for the Canterbury High Country.

This WATCH is also for the possibility of gales becoming SEVERE about the following areas...

INLAND PARTS OF SOUTHLAND AND OTAGO: Northwest gales may become severe until midday.

COASTAL SOUTHLAND, STEWART ISLAND AND CLUTHA: Westerly gales may become severe until mid-afternoon.

WELLINGTON, INCLUDING THE RIMUTAKA HILL: Northwest gales may become severe until late afternoon.

Forecasters will continue to monitor the situation and advise people in these areas to remain up to date with forecasts in case parts of this WATCH are upgraded to a full WARNING.

Note, winds have eased in Fiordland so the Watch is lifted.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9:30pm Friday April 28th

 

 


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR WESTLAND, BULLER, NELSON, TARANAKI, BAY OFPLENTY, ROTORUA ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 1006hrs 10-Apr-2017

HEAVY RAIN EXPECTED OVER WEST OF SOUTH ISLAND ON TUESDAY SPREADING TO TARANAKI AND BAY OF PLENTY ON WEDNESDAY

A low is expected to move southeast over the Tasman Sea on Tuesday and Wednesday. Its associated front should bring periods of heavy rain to the west of the South Island on Tuesday, spreading to Taranaki and Bay of Plenty on Wednesday.

This watch is for the possibility of heavy rain reaching warning levels over Westland, Buller and northwest Nelson during Tuesday and over Taranaki and Bay of Plenty on Wednesday. The heavy rain over Bay of Plenty is likely to continue into Thursday.

Further to this system, the remains of tropical cyclone Cook may pass close to or east of the North Island late in the week and MetService meteorologists will continue to moniter the development of this cyclone.

People in these areas should stay in touch with the latest forecasts in case any of these areas are updated to a full warning or further areas need to be added to the watch.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Monday 10 April

 

 


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR WAITOMO, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY,ROTORUA, TAUMARUNUI, TAIHAPE, HAWKES BAY, TARARUA, WAIRARAPA,TARANAKI,WANGANUI, MANAWATU, KAPITI HOROWHENUA, WELLINGTON,MARLBOROUGH, NELSON,BULLER ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 1359hrs 03-Apr-2017

 

HEAVY RAIN FROM CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND TO TOP OF THE SOUTH ISLAND, STRONG WINDS FOR TARANAKI WANGANUI AND BULLER

 

A deepening low pressure system over the Tasman Sea approaches northern New Zealand on Tuesday, then crosses the country during Wednesday and Thursday, followed by a ridge of high pressure on Friday. This deep low should bring heavy rain to many parts of the country, especially from central North Island to the top of the South Island from Tuesday to Thursday, with strong winds at times. A heavy rain Warning is now in force for Taranaki, Wanganui and the Tararua Range.

 

This Watch is for the likelihood of HEAVY RAIN reaching warning criteria in the following areas...

 

TAUMARUNUI, TAIHAPE and HAWKES BAY: From about midday Tuesday to Wednesday afternoon.

 

COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY and ROTORUA: From Tuesday morning to Wednesday night.

 

MANAWATU and HOROWHENUA KAPITI COAST: From Tuesday morning to overnight Wednesday.

 

WAIRARAPA: From Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday evening.

 

WELLINGTON: From Tuesday evening to early Wednesday afternoon.

 

MARLBOROUGH and NELSON: On Wednesday.

 

In addition, the Watch is also for the possibilties of SEVERE GALES in exposed places of the following areas...

 

Southern TARANAKI and WHANGANUI: Southeast gales from Tuesday afternoon to early Wednesday morning.

 

BULLER: Easterly gales from Tuesday night to Wednesday morning.

 

People in all these areas are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts, as parts of the watch may be upgraded to a full Warning, or further areas may be added.

 

This Watch will be reviewed by 10pm 3rd April

 

 


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR WAITOMO, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY,ROTORUA, TAUMARUNUI, TAIHAPE, HAWKES BAY, TARARUA, WAIRARAPA,TARANAKI,WANGANUI, MANAWATU, KAPITI HOROWHENUA, WELLINGTON,MARLBOROUGH, NELSON,BULLER ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 0953hrs 03-Apr-2017

HEAVY RAIN FROM CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND TO TOP OF THE SOUTH ISLAND, STRONG WINDS FOR TARANAKI WANGANUI AND BULLER

A deepening low pressure system over the Tasman Sea approaches northern New Zealand on Tuesday, then crosses the country during Wednesday and Thursday, followed by a ridge of high pressure on Friday. This deep low should bring heavy rain to many parts of the country, especially from central North Island to the top of the South Island from Tuesday to Thursday, with strong winds at times. A heavy rain Warning is now in force for Taranaki, Wanganui and the Tararua Range.

This Watch is for the likelihood of HEAVY RAIN reaching warning criteria in the following areas...

TAUMARUNUI, TAIHAPE and HAWKES BAY: From about midday Tuesday to Wednesday afternoon.

COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY and ROTORUA: From Tuesday morning to Wednesday night.

MANAWATU and HOROWHENUA KAPITI COAST: From Tuesday morning to overnight Wednesday.

WAIRARAPA: From Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday evening.

WELLINGTON: From Tuesday evening to early Wednesday afternoon.

MARLBOROUGH and NELSON: On Wednesday.

In addition, the Watch is also for the possibilties of SEVERE GALES in exposed places of the following areas...

Southern TARANAKI and WANGANUI: North to northeast gales from Tuesday afternoon to early Wednesday morning.

BULLER: Easterly gales from Tuesday night to Wednesday morning.

People in all these areas are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts, as parts of the watch may be upgraded to a full Warning, or further areas may be added.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9:30pm Monday 3 April 2017

 

 


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR AUCKLAND, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OFPLENTY, WAIKATO ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 0911hrs 29-Mar-2017

BURST OF HEAVY RAIN POSSIBLE FOR AUCKLAND, COROMANDEL PENINSULA,BAY OF PLENTY, ROTORUA, WAIKATO TODAY. 

A low over Bay of Plenty and Waikato is forecast to weaken and move southwards, bringing rain to parts of the North Island.

Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato and Bay of Plenty will see some heavy and possibly thundery falls. In contrast, further heavy rain looks less likely to affect Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa, and the Watch for those areas is now lifted. 

This Watch is for the likelihood of HEAVY RAIN meeting warning criteria in the following areas... 

AUCKLAND and COROMANDEL PENINSULA: Although rain may ease for a time this morning, further localised heavy falls are possible, especially with any thunderstorms that form this afternoon. Rain should ease this evening. 

WAIKATO, BAY OF PLENTY and ROTORUA: Localised heavy rain is possible, especially with any thunderstorms that form this afternoon. Rain should ease this evening.

People are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Wednesday 29 March


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR AUCKLAND, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OFPLENTY, ROTORUA, GISBORNE, HAWKES BAY, WAIRARAPA ISSUED BY METSERVICE  28-Mar-2017

BURST OF HEAVY RAIN POSSIBLE FOR AUCKLAND, COROMANDEL PENINSULA,BAY OF PLENTY, ROTORUA, GISBORNE, HAWKES BAY AND WAIRARAPA TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY.

A complex area of low pressure northeast of the North Island is moving southwestwards, bringing rain to parts of the North Island stretching from Auckland to East Cape and Wairarapa tonight and during Wednesday.

There is still some uncertainty as to the depth and track of the low, but it now looks possible that Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty will see some heavy and possibly thundery falls, and these areas have been added to this Watch. In contrast, less rain looks likely to affect Wairarapa, but due to the uncertainty a Watch will be maintained for now.

This Watch is for the likelihood of HEAVY RAIN meeting warning criteria in the following areas...

AUCKLAND, especially the Hunua Range and southern parts, and COROMANDEL PENINSULA: tonight till Wednesday afternoon.

BAY OF PLENTY and ROTORUA: tonight and Wednesday morning.

GISBORNE: from late this evening till Wednesday morning.

HAWKES BAY: Wednesday morning.

WAIRARAPA: late Wednesday morning and early afternoon..

People are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings.

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am Wednesday 29 March

 

 


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, GREAT BARRIER ISLAND,COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY, ROTORUA, NELSON, SOUTHERN LAKES,DUNEDIN, CLUTHA, SOUTHLAND ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 2102hrs 26-Mar-2017

HEAVY RAIN OVER THE NORTHERN NORTH ISLAND, WESTERN NELSON AND SOUTHERN SOUTH ISLAND TONIGHT AND MONDAY

A slow-moving low over the Tasman Sea will direct a moist northeasterly flow over New Zealand until late Monday. Rainbands embedded within the flow are likely to bring periods of heavy rain to the northern half of the North Island, western Nelson, southern Westland and Fiordland during this time, with possible thunderstorms for the northern half of the North Island.

Additionally, a slow-moving east to southeasterly rainband is likely to bring a period of persistent rain to the southeast of the South Island tonight and Monday morning. 

The heaviest falls are likely in southern Westland and northern Fiordland and a WARNING is force for these areas.

This Watch is for HEAVY RAIN possibly reaching warning criteria (e.g. 60-70mm in 9-12 hours, or 100mm in 24 hours) in the following areas... 

NORTHLAND: Until early Monday morning, periods of heavy rain with possible thunderstorms, mainly in northern and eastern areas.

AUCKLAND: Until Monday morning, periods of heavy rain or showers, with possible thunderstorms. Heaviest falls are likely tonight and Monday morning. 

COROMANDEL PENINSULA: Until about midday Monday, periods of heavy rain with possible thunderstorms. Heaviest falls are likely overnight Sunday and during Monday morning. Rainfall rates of 25mm per hour or more are possible in localised places.

BAY OF PLENTY/ROTORUA: Until late Monday afternoon, periods of heavy rain with possible thunderstorms. Heaviest falls are likely on Monday. Rainfall rates of 25mm per hour or more are possible in localised places.

WESTERN NELSON: Until about midday Monday, periods of heavy rain west of Motueka.

The HEADWATERS of the OTAGO and WESTERN SOUTHLAND LAKES and RIVERS: Until Monday morning, periods of heavy rain.

SOUTHLAND, CLUTHA and DUNEDIN: Until about dawn Monday, persistent rain may reach the lower warning criteria of 40-50mm in 12 hours relevant to these areas. 

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am Monday 27 March


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, GREAT BARRIER ISLAND,COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY, ROTORUA, NELSON, SOUTHERN LAKES,DUNEDIN, CLUTHA, SOUTHLAND ISSUED BY METSERVICE  26-Mar-2017

POSSIBLE HEAVY RAIN OVER THE NORTHERN NORTH ISLAND, WESTERN NELSON AND SOUTHERN SOUTH ISLAND TODAY AND MONDAY

*WATCH UPDATED AT 5PM AS FIORDLAND AND SOUTHERN WESTLAND NOW UPGRADED TO A WARNING*

A slow-moving low over the Tasman Sea will direct a moist northeasterly flow over New Zealand until late Monday. Rainbands embedded within the flow are likely to bring periods of heavy rain with possible thunderstorms to the northern half of the North Island, western Nelson, southern Westland and Fiordland during this time.

A Warning is now in force for Fiordland and Westland between Doubtful Sound and the Glaciers.

Additionally, a slow-moving east to southeasterly rainband is likely to bring a period of persistent rain to the southeast of the South Island during today and Monday morning.

This Watch is for HEAVY RAIN possibly reaching warning criteria (e.g. 60-70mm in 9-12 hours, or 100mm in 24 hours) in the following areas...

NORTHLAND: Until this (Sunday) evening, periods of heavy rain with possible thunderstorms, mainly in northern and eastern areas.

AUCKLAND: Until Monday morning, periods of heavy rain or showers, with possible thunderstorms. Heaviest falls are likely tonight and Monday morning.

COROMANDEL PENINSULA: Until about midday Monday, periods of heavy rain with possible thunderstorms. Heaviest falls are likely overnight Sunday and during Monday morning.

BAY OF PLENTY/ROTORUA: Until late Monday afternoon, periods of heavy rain with possible thunderstorms. Heaviest falls are likely on Monday.

WESTERN NELSON: Until Monday morning, periods of heavy rain west of Motueka.

The HEADWATERS of the OTAGO and WESTERN SOUTHLAND LAKES and RIVERS: Until Monday morning, periods of heavy rain.

SOUTHLAND, CLUTHA and DUNEDIN: Until about dawn Monday, persistent rain may reach the lower warning criteria of 40-50mm in 12 hours relevant to these areas.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Sunday 26 March

 

 


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, GREAT BARRIER ISLAND,COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY, ROTORUA, NELSON, WESTLAND,FIORDLAND, SOUTHERN LAKES, DUNEDIN, CLUTHA, SOUTHLAND ISSUED BY METSERVICE 26-Mar-2017

POSSIBLE HEAVY RAIN OVER THE NORTHERN NORTH ISLAND, WESTERN NELSON AND SOUTHERN SOUTH ISLAND TODAY AND MONDAY

A slow-moving low over the Tasman Sea will direct a moist northeasterly flow over New Zealand until late Monday. Rainbands embedded within the flow are likely to bring periods of heavy rain with possible thunderstorms to the northern half of the North Island, western Nelson, southern Westland and Fiordland during this time. 

Additionally, a slow-moving east to southeasterly rainband is likely to bring a priod of persistent rain to the south of the South Island during today and Monday morning.

This Watch is for HEAVY RAIN possibly reaching warning criteria (e.g. 60-70mm in 9-12 hours, or 100mm in 24 hours) in the following areas...

NORTHLAND: Until this (Sunday) evening, periods of heavy rain with possible thunderstorms, mainly in northern and eastern areas.

AUCKLAND: Until Monday morning, periods of heavy rain or showers, with possible thunderstorms. Heaviest falls are likely tonight and Monday morning 

COROMANDEL PENINSULA: From Sunday afternoon until about midday Monday, periods of heavy rain with possible thunderstorms. Heaviest falls are likely overnight Sunday and during Monday morning.

BAY OF PLENTY/ROTORUA: From Sunday afternoon to late Monday afternoon, periods of heavy rain with possible thunderstorms. Heaviest falls are likely on Monday.

WESTERN NELSON: Until Monday morning, periods of heavy rain west of Motueka 

SOUTHERN WESTLAND, FIORDLAND and the HEADWATERS of the OTAGO and WESTERN SOUTHLAND LAKES and RIVERS: Until Monday morning, periods of heavy rain. It is possible that there will be a small area within this region that will experience rainfall accumulations above 100mm but computer models are very uncertain about the exact area. The most likely spot will be between Haast and Doubtful Sound and may affect the headwaters of the Otago or western Southland rivers.

SOUTHLAND, CLUTHA and DUNEDIN: Until about dawn Monday, persistent rain may reach the lower warning criteria of 40-50mm in 12 hours relevant to these areas.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9:30pm Sunday 26 March 2017


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, GREAT BARRIER ISLAND,COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY, ROTORUA, NELSON, WESTLAND,FIORDLAND, CLUTHA, DUNEDIN, SOUTHLAND ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT  25-Mar-2017

POSSIBLE HEAVY RAIN OVER THE NORTHERN NORTH ISLAND, WESTERN NELSON AND SOUTHERN SOUTH ISLAND ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY

A slow-moving low in the Tasman Sea will direct a moist northeasterly flow over New Zealand during the weekend and on Monday. Rainbands embedded within the flow are likely to bring periods of heavy rain with possible thunderstorms to the northern half of the North Island, western Nelson, southern Westland and Fiordland during this time. Additionally, a slow-moving east to southeasterly rainband is likely to bring a priod of persistent rain to the south of the South Island during Sunday and on Monday morning.

This Watch is for HEAVY RAIN possibly reaching warning criteria (e.g. 60-70mm in 9-12 hours, or 100mm in 24 hours) in the following areas...

NORTHLAND: From Sunday morning to Sunday evening, periods of heavy rain with possible thunderstorms, mainly in northern and eastern areas.

AUCKLAND: From Sunday morning to Monday morning, periods of heavy rain or showers, with possible thunderstorms. Heaviest falls are likely Sunday night and Monday morning.

COROMANDEL PENINSULA: From Sunday afternoon to Monday morning, periods of heavy rain with possible thunderstorms. Heaviest falls are likely overnight Sunday and Monday morning.

BAY OF PLENTY/ROTORUA: From Sunday afternoon to Monday afternoon, periods of heavy rain with possible thunderstorms. Heaviest falls are likely on Monday.

WESTERN NELSON: From Saturday night to Monday morning, periods of heavy rain west of Motueka.

SOUTHERN WESTLAND and FIORDLAND: From Sunday morning to Monday morning, periods of heavy rain.

SOUTHLAND, CLUTHA and DUNEDIN: From Sunday afternoon to Monday morning, persistent rain may reach the lower warning criteria of 40-50mm in 12 hours relevant to these areas.

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am Sunday 26 March

 

 


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, GREAT BARRIER ISLAND,WAITOMO, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY, ROTORUA, TAUMARUNUI,TAUPO, TAIHAPE, GISBORNE, HAWKES BAY, TARARUA, WAIRARAPA, TARANAKI,WANGANUI, MANAWATU, KAPITI HOROWHENUA, WELLINGTON ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 2139hrs 11-Mar-2017

HEAVY RAIN ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN NORTH ISLAND. NORTHERLY AND WESTERLY GALES IN THE NORTH AND EAST OF THE NORTH ISLAND.

A low is expected to move southeast across the northern North Island during Sunday, with an associated trough crossing central New Zealand. These systems are expected to bring further bursts of heavy rain to northern and central New Zealand, and a period of northerly then westerly gales to the north and east of the North Island.

The heaviest falls are likely in eastern Bay of Plenty, Nelson,the Richmond Range and Marlborough Sounds where are Warning is in force.

This Watch is for the possibility that rainfall accumulations may reach short duration warning criteria, for example 50mm 6 hours or 70 mm in 12 hours, in the following areas...

MOUNT TARANAKI: During Sunday morning and early afternoon.

THE HIGH COUNTRY EAST OF MOUNT TARANAKI ACROSS TO TAUPO AND NORTHWARDS TO WAITOMO: During Sunday afternoon.

THE RANGES OF GISBORNE and HAWKES BAY: During Sunday afternoon.

THE RANGES OF MANAWATU AND THE TARARUA RANGE: During Sunday afternoon and evening.

In addition, this Watch is for the possibility of severe gales in the following areas:

NORTHLAND: Northerly gales could become severe in exposed places for a time early Sunday morning, followed by a change to westerly gales which may also become severe in exposed places for a time during the remainder of Sunday morning.

AUCKLAND AND COROMANDEL PENINSULA: North to northeast gales could become severe in exposed places for a time during Sunday morning, followed by a change to westerly gales which may also become severe for a time around midday Sunday and early afternoon.

BAY OF PLENTY: North to northwesterly gales could become severe in exposed places for a time late Sunday morning and afternoon.

GISBORNE: Northwest gales could become severe in exposed places for a time Sunday afternoon and early evening.

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

Note, the Watch for Nelson and northern Marlborough has now been upgraded to a Warning. Also, heavy rain has eased in Waikato and the Watch there has been lifted.

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am Sunday 12 March

 


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, GREAT BARRIER ISLAND,WAIKATO, WAITOMO, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY, ROTORUA,TAUMARUNUI, TAUPO, TAIHAPE, GISBORNE, HAWKES BAY, TARARUA, WAIRARAPA,TARANAKI, WANGANUI, MANAWATU, KAPITI HOROWHENUA, WELLINGTON, NELSON,MARLBOROUGH ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 0959hrs 11-Mar-2017

HEAVY RAIN ACROSS THE NORTH ISLAND AND UPPER SOUTH ISLAND. NORTHERLY GALES IN THE NORTH AND EAST OF THE NORTH ISLAND SUNDAY.

Rain with heavy falls and possible thunderstorms across the North Island and upper South Island should ease today. The Heavy Rain Warnings for Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and Northwest Nelson should be lifted today as the rain eases. However, further heavy rain is expected during Sunday, and Heavy Rain Warnings have now been added for eastern Bay of Plenty and northwest Nelson.

This Watch is for the possibility that rainfall accumulations may reach short duration warning criteria, for example 50mm 6 hours or 70 mm in 12 hours, in the following areas...

WAIKATO: Until midday today (Saturday).

THE HIGH COUNTRY FROM MOUNT TARANAKI ACROSS TO TAUPO AND NORTHWARDS TO WAITOMO: Until this evening (Saturday). Another period is expected during Sunday afternoon.

THE RANGES OF GISBORNE: Until midday today (Saturday). Another period is expected during Sunday afternoon.

THE RANGES OF MANAWATU AND THE TARARUA RANGE: During Sunday afternoon and evening.

NELSON EXCLUDING AREAS ALREADY COVERED BY A WARNING, ALSO NORTHERN MARLBOROUGH: From early morning Sunday until mid-afternoon.

In addition, this Watch is for the possibility of severe gales in the following areas:

NORTHLAND: Northerlies could become severe for a time on Sunday morning.

AUCKLAND AND COROMANDEL PENINSULA: North to northeast winds could become severe for a time during Sunday morning and afternoon.

BAY OF PLENTY: Northerlies could become severe for a time during Sunday afternoon.

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

This Watch will be reviewed by 9:30pm Saturday March 11


SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.

ISSUED BY MetService AT 9:06 am 11-Mar-2017

Heavy rain for Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and Northwest Nelson, easing today. Further heavy rain for Eastern Bay of Plenty and northwest Nelson on Sunday.

A slow-moving trough over northern New Zealand should move away to the east today (Saturday). Associated heavy rain should ease in Auckland and Coromandel by midday today, but a further 30 to 60mm may accumulate on top of what has already fallen. For Bay of Plenty, a further 70mm may accumulate before easing this afternoon.

Another trough is expected to cross central New Zealand during Sunday morning, bringing more heavy rain for northwest Nelson, where a further 60 to 90mm of rain may accumulate between 3am and midday.

Also, a low is expected to move southeast across the North Island, bringing a further bout of heavy rain to northern areas, with the heaviest falls likely in eastern Bay of Plenty where a further 50-70mm may accumulate on Sunday afternoon.

Rainfall in these areas, especially where there the ground is sodden from previous heavy rain, is likely to cause rivers and streams to rise rapidly. It can also lead to flash flooding and hazardous driving conditions.

HEAVY RAIN WARNING

AREA/S AFFECTED

Auckland

FORECAST

Heavy rain should ease this morning (Saturday). Until 10am this morning, another 20 to 30mm of rain may fall.

AREA/S AFFECTED

Coromandel Peninsula

FORECAST

Periods of heavy rain should ease around midday today (Saturday). Until midday, another 30 to 60mm may accumulate on top of what has already fallen. Peak intensities of 25mm per hour or possibly more in downpours.

AREA/S AFFECTED

Bay of Plenty west of Whakatane

FORECAST

Periods of heavy rain should ease around midday (Saturday). Until midday, a further 30 to 60mm may accumulate on top of what has already fallen. Peak intensities of 25mm per hour or possibly more in downpours.

AREA/S AFFECTED

Bay of Plenty about and east of Whakatane

FORECAST

Heavy rain should ease this afternoon (Saturday), but another burst of heavy rain is expected on Sunday. Until 2pm today, a further 50 to 70mm may accumulate on top of what has already fallen. Peak intensities of 25mm per hour or possibly more in downpours.

Further heavy rain is expected on Sunday between midday and 6pm, when 50 to 70mm may accumulate. Peak intensities of 10 to 20mm per hour possible.

AREA/S AFFECTED

Northwest Nelson

FORECAST

Heavy rain has now eased this morning (Saturday), but further heavy rain is likely on Sunday morning. In the 9 hours from 3am until midday Sunday, 60 to 90mm of rain may accumulate on top of what has already fallen.

FREEZING LEVEL: Above 3500 metres.

WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE

HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: Northland

NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE 9:00 pm Saturday 11-Mar-2017


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR AUCKLAND, GREAT BARRIER ISLAND, WAIKATO,COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY, ROTORUA, GISBORNE ISSUED BY METSERVICE 08-Mar-2017

GALES FOR GREAT BARRIER ISLAND WAIKATO AND COROMANDEL PENINSULA UNTIL THURSDAY MORNING. HEAVY RAIN FOR AUCKLAND GREAT BARRIER ISLAND BAY OF PLENTY AND GISBORNE

Easterly gales are expected in exposed parts of Great Barrier Island, Waikato and Coromandel Peninsula especially over areas just west of the ranges. This watch is for the possibility that these winds may reach severe gale force at times overnight and Thursday morning when the winds should ease.

Further rain is expected over the north and east of the North Island with some heavy falls likely at times and a warning is in force for Northland and the Coromandel Peninsula. This watch is also for the possibility that rainfall accumulations may approach warning levels over the following areas:

AUCKLAND and GREAT BARRIER ISLAND: from about dawn Thursday and into Friday.

Western BAY OF PLENTY: from Thursday afternoon into Friday.

GISBORNE north of Tolaga Bay: Overnight till dawn Thursday then again from late Thursday afternoon into Friday.

People in these areas should stay up to date with the latest forecasts in case any of these areas is upgraded to a full warning or other areas are added.

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am Thursday 9 March


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, GREAT BARRIER ISLAND,WAIKATO, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY, ROTORUA ISSUED BY METSERVICE 06-Mar-2017

BURSTS OF HEAVY RAIN FOR NORTHERN NEW ZEALAND FROM LATE TUESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY TO AT LEAST THURSDAY

A strong and humid northeast airstream spreads over the upper North Island Tuesday afternoon and evening as a low moves slowly south over the Tasman Sea. Rain with heavy, and possibly thundery falls, is expected from Northland to western Bay of Plenty from late Tuesday through to Thursday. Note that for these regions, further periods of rain, that may be heavy and thundery at times, are likely through to the weekend making for a prolonged period of wet weather. There is still some uncertainty with respect to where the largest amounts of rain will accumulate.

This Watch is for the possibility that rainfall accumulations will reach warning levels in the following places...

NORTHLAND: From Tuesday evening through Wednesday and into Thursday.

AUCKLAND, GREAT BARRIER ISLAND, WAIKATO, COROMANDEL PENINSULA and WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY: From Tuesday night through Wednesday and into Thursday.

People, especially in these areas, should keep up to date with forecasts as it is likely some of these regions will be upgraded to a Warning closer to the event, and additional areas may be placed on Watch.

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am Tuesday March 7th


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, GREAT BARRIER ISLAND,WAIKATO, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY, ROTORUA ISSUED BY METSERVICE 06-Mar-2017

BURSTS OF HEAVY RAIN FOR THE UPPER NORTH ISLAND FROM LATE TUESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY INTO THURSDAY

A humid north to northeast airstream is expected to spread over the upper North Island Tuesday afternoon and evening as a low moves slowly south over the Tasman Sea. Rain with heavy, possibly thundery, falls is expected from Northland to western Bay of Plenty from late Tuesday through into Thursday.

This watch is for the possibliy that rainfall accumulations will reach warning levels in the following places: NORTHLAND: from Tuesday evening through Wednesday and into Thursday.

AUCKLAND, WAIKATO, GREAT BARRIER ISLAND, COROMANDEL PENINSULA and WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY: from Tuesday night through Wednesday and into Thursday.

People in these areas should keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case any of these areas is upgraded to a full warning or other areas are added to the watch.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Monday 6 March


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, GREAT BARRIER ISLAND,WAIKATO, WAITOMO, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY, TAUMARUNUI,TAUPO, TARANAKI, WAIRARAPA, MARLBOROUGH ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 16-Feb-2017

HEAVY RAIN POSSIBLE OVER THE NORTH AND WEST OF THE NORTH ISLAND AND MARLBOROUGH

A deepening trough lies just west of Northland and over the next couple of days is expected to slowly extend southwards. Areas of rain associated with the trough should also gradually spread southwards with localised heavy falls. The heaviest rain is currently expected over the water west of the North Island, but this Watch is for the possibility that rainfall over the following areas may reach warning criteria:

NORTHLAND: Today and early Friday.

AUCKLAND, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, WAIKATO, WAITOMO and WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY: Today and Friday morning.

TARANAKI, especially about the Mountain, and the hill country between Taranaki and the western shore of Lake Taupo: From late afternoon today through Friday.

WAIRARAPA: During Friday.

EASTERN MARLBOROUGH: From Friday afternoon to around dawn Saturday.

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

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Thu 16 February

 


 

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