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2012 Weather Watch Archive

SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, CANTERBURY,WELLINGTON, WAIRARAPA, HAWKES BAY, WESTLAND, FIORDLAND, OTAGO,SOUTHLAND

ISSUED BY METSERVICE 30-Dec-2012

HEAVY RAIN IN EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY TODAY AND GALES IN CANTERBURY AND ABOUT CENTRAL NEW ZEALAND. SIGNIFICANT RAIN AND WIND EVENT OVER THE SOUTH ISLAND STARTING LATE MONDAY.

A rainband is moving over the upper North Island today. A burst of heavy rain has already passed across parts of Northland and Auckland and the Watch there is now lifted. Periods of rain are also expected in Buller, northwest Nelson and Fiordland today, but amounts should remain below warning thresholds and the Watch for those regions today is also lifted. For Westland and the Canterbury headwaters however, heavy rain is expected today and a Warning remains in force.

This Watch covers rain in eastern Bay of Plenty today, gales in Canterbury and about central New Zealand, and provides advance warning of a significant rain and wind event over the South Island starting late Monday.

For eastern Bay of Plenty, rain is expected today with some heavy falls this afternoon and evening. Totals may approach short duration thresholds (eg 60-70mm in 12hr).

For Canterbury, blustery northwesterlies are expected today and again from Monday evening. Gales are likely in exposed places and severe gale gusts are possible, especially Monday evening.

For Wellington, Wairarapa and Central Hawkes Bay, northwest gales are likely in exposed parts of Wellington and southern Wairarapa this evening, with westerly gales possible in northern Wairarapa and Central Hawkes Bay Monday morning. Gusts may approach severe gale.

Finally, from Monday evening, rain is forecast to become heavy in Fiordland and Westland, with some spillover into the eastern headwaters, while gales are expected in exposed parts of Southland and Otago. These conditions are forecast to continue throughout Tuesday and into Wednesday resulting in large rainfall totals over a 2-3 day period in the west and about eastern headwaters (causing rivers on both sides of the Alps to rise).

People in all these areas are advised to keep up to date with forecasts as further Warnings are likely in the coming days.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Sunday 30th December, 2012.

 


HEAVY RAIN IN THE WEST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND, ALSO NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, AND EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY. NORTHWEST GALES FOR INLAND CANTERBURY.

A trough over the Tasman Sea, containing several fronts, moves over much of the country overnight Saturday and during Sunday. These fronts are preceded by strong northwesterlies along with rain in the north and west of both islands.

The largest rainfall accumulations are expected in Westland, with significant spill-over into the Canterbury headwaters, where Heavy Rain Warnings remain in force.

This Watch is for heavy rain in the west of the South Island and over parts of northern New Zealand, along with gales in Canterbury.

For northern Fiordland, Buller and northwest Nelson, rain with some heavy and possibly thundery falls is expected overnight Saturday into Sunday. Rain should ease in Fiordland around midday and in Buller and northwest Nelson in the evening, with totals remaining below warning criteria.

For Northland and Auckland, a burst of heavy and possibly thundery rain is expected Sunday morning as an active trough moves over the upper North Island. Localised downpours are possible and rainfall in some places may approach short duration thresholds resulting in surface flooding (see Thunderstorm Outlook).

For eastern Bay of Plenty, a period of rain is expected Sunday afternoon and evening. Some heavy falls are possible, and again totals may approach short duration thresholds (eg 60-70mm in 9-12hr).

Finally, northwest winds in Canterbury and about central New Zealand are forecast to be blustery on Sunday. Gales are possible in exposed places and this Watch also covers a risk of severe gale gusts for inland Canterbury.

People in all these areas are advised to keep up to date with forecasts (including the Thunderstorm Outlook) in case further warnings become necessary.

This Watch will be reviewed by 11am Sunday 30th December, 2012.

 


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, NELSON, BULLER, FIORDLAND

ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 29-Dec-2012

RAIN FOR NORTHERN FIORDLAND, BULLER, NORTHWEST NELSON, ALSO NORTHLAND AND EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY. NORTHWEST GALES FOR INLAND CANTERBURY.

A trough over the Tasman Sea, containing several fronts, moves over much of the country this weekend. These fronts are preceded by strong northwesterlies along with rain in the north and west of both islands, starting over the South Island today and spreading to the North Island on Sunday.

The largest rainfall accumulations are expected in Westland and the headwaters of the Canterbury lakes and rivers where a Heavy Rain Warning is in force.

A period of rain with some heavy falls is also expected in northern Fiordland, Buller and the ranges of northwest Nelson from this afternoon to Sunday evening. This Watch is for the possibility of amounts approaching warning criteria in these areas.

During Sunday, the rain is expected to spread onto the North Island, with some heavy falls for the upper North Island. From late Sunday morning through to early Monday morning, the ranges of eastern Bay of Plenty could receive rainfall accumulations which may approach warning criteria and is now included in this Watch. There is also a possibility of a period of heavy rain for Northland during Sunday, and although amounts are still quite uncertain at this time, it has been decided to include Northland in this Watch for heavy rain as well.

Additionally, northwest winds in the east of the South Island and about central New Zealand are likely to become blustery this weekend. This Watch covers inland parts of Canterbury where northwest gales are expected, with possible severe gale gusts on Sunday.

People in these areas are advised to keep up to date with forecasts in case further warnings become necessary.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Saturday 29 December 2012


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, WAIKATO, COROMANDEL PENINSULA,BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, TAUPO, TAIHAPE, WAIRARAPA, MANAWATU,WELLINGTON,

MARLBOROUGH, NELSON, BULLER, CANTERBURY ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 25-Dec-2012

LOCALISED HEAVY FALLS OF RAIN POSSIBLE IN PARTS OF THE NORTH ISLAND AND NORTHERN SOUTH ISLAND TONIGHT AND DURING BOXING DAY (WEDNESDAY)

A low (formerly Tropical Cyclone Evan) lies west of Auckland and is expected to continue weakening before moving southeast across the North Island late on Wednesday (Boxing Day). A very warm, moist airmass associated with this low covers the North Island and northern South Island. A front moving northeast should cross the South Island during Wednesday before becoming slow-moving near Cook Strait in the evening.

Convective bands spiralling from the low are expected to bring periods of moderate to heavy rain to the North Island north of about Taupo tonight and during Wednesday. Further south in the North Island, there is likely to be afternoon and early evening convection with may result in localised heavy rainfalls. Convection is also possible in Nelson, Marlborough, Buller and Canterbury as the front moves north through these areas.

Forecasters will maintain this watch in Northland, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Taupo, Taihape, Manawatu, Wairarapa, Wellington, Nelson, Marlborough, Buller and Canterbury. However, in all these areas it is unlikely that heavy rain will affect a wide enough area to warrant a broad-scale rainfall warning. It is possible that some of these areas thunderstorms may produce localised downpours during Wednesday and people are advised to keep up to date with the latest Severe Thunderstorm Outlook charts on www. metservice.com.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9am Wednesday 26 December 2012


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, GISBORNE

ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT  22-Dec-2012

A DEEP LOW (FORMERLY TROPICAL CYCLONE EVAN) TO BRING PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN TO THE NORTHEAST OF THE NORTH ISLAND ANS SOUTHEAST GALES TO THE FAR NORTH

A deep low (formerly Tropical Cyclone Evan) is moving southwest towards New Zealand and directing a moist tropical airmass onto the North Island. It is expected to lie just northeast of Northland late Sunday, then move west just north of the North Island on Monday and into the northern Tasman Sea on Christmas Day. This low is likely to bring rain and strong to gale southeasterlies. Periods of heavy rain are possible late Sunday and into Monday for Northland, northern parts of Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, western Bay of Plenty and northern Gisborne. Northland in particular may receive bursts of very heavy rain as the low passes by, in addition to a risk of southeast winds reaching severe gale.

It is likely that Severe Weather Warnings will be issued for this event. People, especially holidaymakers and trampers, are urged to keep up to date with the latest forecasts as there is a potential for localised flooding and disruption to transport.

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am Sunday 23rd December

 


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, GISBORNE

ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 22-Dec-2012

A DEEP LOW (FORMERLY TROPICAL CYCLONE EVAN) TO BRING PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN AND EASTERLY GALES TO THE NORTHEAST OF THE NORTH ISLAND

A deep low (formerly Tropical Cyclone Evan) is moving southwards towards New Zealand. It is expected to lie near Northland late Sunday, then move into the northern Tasman Sea late Christmas Eve and early Christmas Day. This low is likely to bring very humid subtropical air onto the northeast of the North Island, producing rain and strong to gale easterlies. Periods of heavy rain are forecast for later Sunday and during Monday for Northland, northern parts of Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, western Bay of Plenty and northern Gisborne. Northland in particular may receive bursts of very heavy rain as the low passes by, in addition to a risk of easterly winds reaching severe gale.

It is likely Severe Weather Warnings will be issued over the course of the weekend for this event. People, especially holidaymakers and trampers, are urged to keep up to date with the latest forecasts as this has the potential for localised flooding and disruption to transport.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Saturday 22 December 2012

 


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, GISBORNE

ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT  21-Dec-2012

A DEEP LOW (FORMERLY TROPICAL CYCLONE EVAN) TO BRING PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN AND EASTERLY GALES TO THE NORTHEAST OF THE NORTH ISLAND

A deep low (formerly Tropical Cyclone Evan) is moving southwards towards New Zealand. It is expected to lie near Northland late Sunday, then move into the northern Tasman Sea late Christmas Eve and early Christmas Day. This low is likely to bring very humid subtropical air onto the northeast of the North Island, producing rain and strong to gale easterlies. Periods of heavy rain are forecast for Sunday Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, western Bay of Plenty and northern Gisborne. Northland in particular may receive bursts of very heavy rain as the low passes by,in addition to a risk of easterly winds reaching severe gale.

It is likely Severe Weather Warnings will be issued over the course of the weekend for this event. People, especially holidaymakers and trampers, are urged to keep up to date with the latest forecasts as this has the potential for localised flooding and disruption to transport.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9am Saturday 22 December 21012

 
SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, GISBORNE
ISSUED BY METSERVICE 21-Dec-2012

 EVAN TO BRING PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN AND EASTERLY GALES TO THE NORTHEAST OF THE NORTH ISLAND

 A deep low (formally Cyclone Evan) is moving southwards towards New Zealand. It is expected to lie near Northland late Sunday, then move into the northern Tasman Sea on Christmas Eve. This low is likely to bring very humid subtropical air onto the northeast of the North Island, producing rain and strong to gale easterlies. Periods of heavy rain are forecast for Sunday and Monday in Northland, northern parts of Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, western Bay of Plenty and northern Gisborne. Northland in particular may receive bursts of very heavy rain as Evan passes by, in addition to a risk of easterly winds reaching severe gale.

 It is likely Severe Weather Warnings will be issued over the course of the weekend for this event. People, especially holidaymakers and trampers, are urged to keep up to date with the latest forecasts as this has the potential for localised flooding and disruption to transport.

 Note, the risk of severe gales for inland Canterbury has now eased, and the Watch there is now lifted.

 This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Friday


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR WAIKATO, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, WAITOMO,
TAUMARUNUI, TARANAKI, TAIHAPE, WANGANUI

ISSUED BY METSERVICE  21-Oct-2012

HEAVY RAIN FORECAST FOR CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND AND RANGES OF EASTERN
BAY OF PLENTY TODAY. WATCHES LIFTED FOR OTAGO, CANTERBURY, NELSON
AND MARLBOROUGH.

A front has crossed the South Island overnight and the associated
watches for Otago, Canterbury, Nelson and Marlborough are now all
lifted. 

The front should bring further heavy rain across the central North
Island today. 

This Watch is for a period of heavy rain over the central North
Island from Taranaki across to Tongariro (including the headwaters of
the Whanganui River) and northwards to Waikato as well as the eastern
ranges of Bay of Plenty. Rainfall accumulations in these areas may
approach warning amounts before easing tonight.

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in
case further Warnings become necessary.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Sunday 21 October


ISSUED BY MetService  13-Oct-2012 URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Westland, Canterbury, Nelson, Buller, Marlborough, Taranaki, Wairarapa, Wellington, Taupo, Taumarunui, Bay Of Plenty Rotorua, Gisborne, Taihape, Wanganui, Hawkes Bay, Otago

 

HEAVY RAIN CONTINUES ABOUT THE SOUTH ISLAND WEST COAST AND RANGES, WITH SIGNIFICANT SPILL-OVER INTO THE CANTERBURY HEADWATERS. ALSO HEAVY RAIN ABOUT THE CENTRAL HIGH COUNTRY OF THE NORTH ISLAND (INCL MT TARANAKI AND THE TARARUA RANGE). SEVERE GALES IN MANY PLACES.

A deep, complex low is moving eastwards across the New Zealand today (Saturday). Ahead of the low, a very strong, moist north to northwest flow brings heavy rain and gales to many parts of the country. The West Coast of the South Island and the Southern Alps have already received very significant rainfall amounts, and more than 100mm may yet accumulate in the ranges of Westland, Buller and Nelson. Rain should gradually clear from the south this afternoon and evening, as colder southerlies sweep northwards and rain turns to snow about the hills and ranges. In addition to this warning, a Heavy Snow Advisory for the Canterbury High Country is is force, along with a Severe Weather Watch. Heavy rain has set in over the North Island too, and significant accumulations are expected about the Central Plateau, Mt Taranaki and the Tararua Range, and also the ranges of Bay of Plenty.

Northwest gales have eased in Canterbury, but north to northwest gales may reach severe gale force gusting 130km/h from Marlborough to Gisborne, as the low moves across the country.

At the same time, southeast gales are expected to develop in Westland towards midday, sweeping northwards during the day, with the risk of severe gale gusts in exposed places. As the low redevelops off the Canterbury coast and deepens this afternoon, southwest gales with severe gale gusts are expected about Banks Peninsula and the Kaikoura Coast This is a significant rainfall and wind event. Members of the public are urged to be wary and exercise caution as rivers and streams (especially on the West Coast) are expected to rise rapidly and slips and localised surface flooding could occur. Rivers east of the South Island are also likely to rise in response to the heavy rain falling in the Alps.

The wind could damage trees and powerlines and may make driving difficult, especially for high sided vehicles and motorcycles.

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HEAVY RAIN WARNING

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AREA/S AFFECTED: WESTLAND SOUTH OF OTIRA.

FORECAST:

Heavy rain is expected to continue into the afternoon (Saturday). In the 8 hours from 9am to 5pm Saturday, expect a further 80-120mm of rain in the ranges, with lesser amounts near the coast. Peak rates in the ranges of 25-35mm/hr this morning.

FREEZING LEVEL: About 2500 metres in heaviest rain.

AREA/S AFFECTED: HEADWATERS OF THE LAKES AND RIVERS OF CANTERBURY.

FORECAST:

Heavy rain should continue through the morning (Saturday), before turning to snow in the afternoon. From 9am to 2pm Saturday, expect a further 50 to 80mm of rain about the Divide, with 30 to 50mm with 15km east of the Divide. Precipitation gradually turns to snow this afternoon as winds change cold southeasterly, the snow level lowering to 400 metres later in the day.

FREEZING LEVEL: About 2500 metres in heaviest rain.

AREA/S AFFECTED: FOR THE RANGES OF BULLER AND NORTHWEST NELSON.

FORECAST:

Heavy rain is expected to continue till this evening (Saturday). In the 9 hours from 9am to 6pm Saturday, expect a further 100-140mm of north-northwesterly rain in the ranges, with peak rates of 15-25mm/hr this morning.

FREEZING LEVEL: About 2800 metres in heaviest rain.

AREA/S AFFECTED: FOR THE RICHMOND AND BRYANT RANGES

FORECAST:

Heavy rain has set in. In the 9 hours from 9am to 6pm Saturday, expect a further 100-130mm of rain, with peak rates of 15-20mm/hr.

AREA/S AFFECTED: MT TARANAKI AND THE TARARUA RANGE

FORECAST:

Heavy rain has set in this morning (Saturday). In the 9 hours from 9am to 6pm Saturday, expect a further 100-130mm of rain to accumulate about higher elevations. Peak rainfall rates of 10-20mm/hr.

AREA/S AFFECTED: THE CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND HIGH COUNTRY OF TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK, TAUMARUNUI AND TAUPO

FORECAST:

Rain is expected to become heavy this morning (Saturday). In the 12 hours from 9am to 9pm Saturday, expect 60 to 80mm of rain with peak rates of 15mm/hr.

AREA/S AFFECTED: RANGES OF EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY AND GISBORNE

FORECAST:

Rain is expected to become heavy later this morning (Saturday). In the 15 hours from 9am to midnight Saturday, expect 70-100mm of rain, with peak rainfall rates of 15mm/h.

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STRONG WIND WARNING

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AREA/S AFFECTED: EASTERN MARLBOROUGH, THE OUTER MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS ABOUT THE HILLS OF WELLINGTON AND WAIRARAPA. ALSO BANKS PENINSULA.

FORECAST:

Northwesterlies are expected to be severe at times in eastern Marlborough, the outer Marlborough Sounds, Wellington and Wairarapa with severe gale gusts of 130km/hr possible. Northwest gales should ease from the south this afternoon and evening (Saturday), but southwest gales are expected to develop about Banks Peninsula and the Kaikoura Coast during Saturday afternoon with severe gale gusts of 120km/hr in exposed areas.

AREA/S AFFECTED: SOUTH TARANAKI AND THE HILL COUNTRY FROM WANGANUI TO TAIHAPE.

FORECAST:

Northerlies are expected to rise to gale early Saturday morning. From 3am to 8pm Saturday, severe gale gusts to 130km/hr are possible in exposed areas.

AREA/S AFFECTED: HAWKES BAY AND GISBORNE.

FORECAST:

Northwest gales are expected about and to the lee of higher terrain.

From 9am Saturday to midnight Saturday, severe gale gusts of 130km/hr are possible in exposed places.

AREA/S AFFECTED: IN THE LEE OF THE SOUTHERN ALPS IN WESTLAND

FORECAST:

Southeast gales are expected to develop during the day (Saturday).

From 9am to 6pm Saturday, severe gale gusts 120km/h are possible at first in southern Westland then gradually sweeping northwards.

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WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE

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HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: HEADWATERS OF THE LAKES AND RIVERS OF OTAGO.

Heavy rain has eased, and temperatures have dropped, with remaining precipitation turing to snow about the hills and ranges.

STRONG WIND WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: INLAND AREAS OF NORTH CANTERBURY.

Northwest gales have eased and the warning has been lifted.

NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE 9:00pm 


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, WAIKATO, COROMANDEL
PENINSULA, WAITOMO, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, TAUMARUNUI, TAUPO,MANAWATU,

CANTERBURY, OTAGO
ISSUED BY METSERVICE 12-Oct-2012

SNOW FOR INLAND PARTS OF THE SOUTH ISLAND.
GALES FOR THE NORTH ISLAND ON SATURDAY. 

A complex low is rapidly deepening in the Tasman Sea this morning.
Its associated fronts will spread rain and a strong moist northerly
flow up the South Island West Coast today as the low approaches and
across the North Island on Saturday as it reforms east of Canterbury.

Heavy rainfall warnings are in effect for the west of the South
Island and for central New Zealand. These now include the Richmond
and Bryant Ranges of Marlborough, Mt Taranaki and the Tararua Range,
which were previously on watch.

The watch for severe gales for North Canterbury, eastern Marlborough
and the lower North Island which includes Wellington, Wairarapa,
Hawkes Bay, Taihape and Taranaki, has been upgraded to a wind warning.

However, over the upper North Island, thats for all areas north of a
line from Mt Taranaki to East Cape, including Manawatu, northwest
gales on Saturday morning are expected to turn westerly in the
afternoon with the potential for severe gale gusts in exposed areas. 
Gales should ease gradually overnight Saturday.

In addition, heavy snow is expected in parts of Otago, Canterbury and
perhaps southern Marlborough on Saturday. Snow levels could possibly
lower to about 300 to 400 metres in these regions, with heavy falls
likely above 500 metres, especially about south Canterbury where a
heavy snow warning for accumulations of 10-15cm are expected above
700 metres.

This is a significant event, and members of the public are urged to
stay up to date with the latest weather information.


Severe Weather Watch

 SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, TARANAKI, WANGANUI,

TAIHAPE, MARLBOROUGH, NELSON, WESTLAND, BULLER, CANTERBURY

ISSUED BY METSERVICE  07-Oct-2012

HEAVY RAIN FOR THE UPPER SOUTH ISLAND, INCLUDING WESTLAND, ALSO MT
TARANAKI AND EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY. HEAVY RAIN AND SNOW FOR INLAND
CANTERBURY. NORTHERLY GALES FOR SOUTH TARANAKI, INLAND WANGANUI AND
TAIHAPE.

A deep low over the Tasman Sea is forecast to move slowly eastwards
towards the South Island on Monday. An associated front is expected
to move across much of New Zealand during Monday and early Tuesday,
preceded by strong to gale force northerly winds. The heaviest rain
is forecast about Westland (mainly north of the Glaciers and possibly
including the Paparoa Range), the ranges of northwest Nelson, and the
Richmond and Bryant Ranges. A period of heavy rain is also expected
about higher slopes of Mt Taranaki during Monday and for the ranges
of eastern Bay of Plenty from Monday afternoon through to Tuesday
morning. Significant rainfalls are likely in these areas, although
it is uncertain if amounts will reach warning levels and a Watch will
be maintained.

Cold southeasterly rain is also forecast for Canterbury during Monday,
with some heavy falls about the High Country, possibly approaching
warning criteria. This rain is expected to turn to heavy snow above
700 metres south of about Arthurs Pass and possibly down to 400
metres for a time Monday morning. A heavy snow advisory for farmers
has been issued for the Canterbury High Country, including the
Mackenzie Basin. This Watch covers the possibility of snowfall
amounts reaching warning criteria down to 400 metres for a time
Monday morning. This snow has the potential to disrupt transport
about the High Country and cause significant stress to livestock,
especially new born lambs.

Finally, as the front moves onto the North Island on Monday, it is
preceded by a period of strong northerlies. This Watch is for the
possibility of severe gale gusts about southern Taranaki, inland
Wanganui and Taihape during Monday morning and afternoon.

MetService forecasters will continue to monitor the situation and
advise people in these areas to remain up to date with the latest
forecasts in case warnings become necessary. 

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am Monday 8th October

 


This watch has been updated - See above

SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR SOUTHLAND, OTAGO, HAWKES BAY, GISBORNE,TAUPO,
WAITOMO, WAIKATO, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, AUCKLAND, NORTHLAND
ISSUED BY METSERVICE

NORTHWEST GALES FOR MUCH OF NEW ZEALAND

A strong northwest flow is expected to persist over the South Island
tonight and Saturday, with gales in exposed places. A wind warning
is in force for Canterbury and Marlborough. This Watch is for the
possibility of localised severe gales about inland parts of Southland
and Otago until about mid-morning Saturday.

The strong northwest flow also spreads over the North Island during
the weekend. The strongest winds are expected about Wellington and
Wairarapa and the central North Island high country and a warning is
in force for these areas. This Watch is for possible severe gale
gusts over remaining parts of the North Island during Saturday.

MetService forecasters will continue to monitor the situation and
advise people in these areas to remain up to date with the latest
forecasts in case this Watch is upgraded to a full Warning. 


This watch has been updated - See above

SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR CANTERBURY, TARANAKI, NORTHLAND, BAY OF
PLENTY ROTORUA, HAWKES BAY, WAIRARAPA

HEAVY RAIN FOR THE HEADWATERS OF NORTH CANTERBURY AND FOR THE UPPER
NORTH ISLAND. WESTERLY GALES FOR CENTRAL HAWKES BAY AND NORTHERN
WAIRARAPA FROM LATE MONDAY. 

A front over the lower South Island is expected to bring further
heavy rain to the Southern Alps, with some spill-over into the
Canterbury headwaters, and a heavy rain warning is in force for the
Canterbury headwaters south of the Rakaia. As the front moves north
tonight and onto the North Island during Monday, it is expected to
bring a burst of heavy rain to the upper North Island. As the front
clears the North Island late Monday, it is followed gale westerlies
which may rise to severe gale for a time over the central North
Island late Monday and early Tuesday.

Heavy rain falling in the north Canterbury headwaters is expected to
ease overnight tonight (Sunday).

This watch is also for a burst of heavy rain for Mount Taranaki and
the hills of Northland north of Whangarei tonight and Monday morning,
and for the eastern ranges of Bay of Plenty from late Monday morning
until Monday evening.

For central Hawkes Bay and northern Wairarapa, this watch now covers
the possibility of gale westerlies becoming severe for a time Monday
night and Tuesday morning.

People in theses areas are advised to keep up to date with the latest
forecasts in case further Warnings become necessary.

 


This watch has been updated - See above

SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, MARLBOROUGH,
WELLINGTON, WAIRARAPA

SIGNIFICANT RAIN STILL EXPECTED IN EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY THIS
AFTERNOON AND EVENING BUT HAS EASED ELSEWHERE.
POSSIBLE SEVERE NORTH TO NORTHWEST GALES FOR MARLBOROUGH, WELLINGTON
AND SOUTHERN WAIRARAPA THIS MORNING.

The cold front that brought heavy rain to parts of west central New
Zealand over the last 24 hours, and preceded by a strong to gale
northerly flow and brief heavy rain, lies from Taranaki to
Marlborough this morning. It is expected to move east over the North
Island through the day and move off East Cape late this evening. 

This watch is continued for:

A period of heavy rain this afternoon and evening for the eastern Bay
of Plenty ranges, however rainfall amounts are expected to fall short
of warning criteria.

Northerly gales, possibly severe in a few places in Marlborough
Wellington and south Wairarapa for a time this morning.

The watch for heavy rain in northwest Nelson, about the Tararua range
and on Mt Taranaki is lifted.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Monday August 27 2012

 


This watch has been updated - See above

SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, WAIRARAPA, TARANAKI,
WELLINGTON, MARLBOROUGH, NELSON, CANTERBURY

SIGNIFICANT RAIN POSSIBLE ABOUT THE CANTERBURY HEADWATERS, NORTHWEST
NELSON, MT TARANAKI, THE TARARUA RANGE AND FOR THE EASTERN BAY OF
PLENTY. POSSIBLE SEVERE NORTH TO NORTHWEST GALES FOR MARLBOROUGH,
WELLINGTON AND SOUTHERN WAIRARAPA.

A slow moving front is bringing heavy rain to parts of Westland and
Buller and a Warning has been issued for those areas. The front is
expected to move east across Nelson overnight Sunday and Monday
morning and over the North Island during Monday, with a burst of
heavy rain and an area of north to northwesterly gales ahead of it.

This watch is for the following:

A period of heavy rain Sunday evening and overnight Sunday for the
headwaters of Canterbury, where amounts may approach warning criteria
near the divide.

For northwest Nelson a brief period of heavy rain is expected
overnight Sunday and early Monday morning.

For Mt Taranaki and the Tararua Range, a brief period of heavy
northerly rain is expected Monday morning as the front crosses, and
for the ranges of the eastern Bay of Plenty Monday evening and
overnight Monday. Generally, rainfall accumulations are expected to
fall short of warning criteria.

A period of possible severe gales ahead of the front as it crosses
central New Zealand. Gale north to northwesterlies may become severe
for a time over Marlborough, Wellington and southern Wairarapa Monday
morning.

Members of the public are urged to exercise caution where heavy rain
may cause rivers to rise rapidly and in areas where gales may make
driving conditions difficult. They are also advised to keep up to
date with the latest forecasts in case any of these Watches need to
be upgraded to a full Warning.


This watch has been updated - See above

SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, WAIKATO, COROMANDEL
PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, GISBORNE, MARLBOROUGH, NELSON,

CANTERBURY, OTAGO
ISSUED BY METSERVICE 10-Aug-2012

ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT WEATHER SYSTEM TO BRING FURTHER RAIN TO VERY WET
AREAS IN THE NORTH AND EAST OF THE COUNTRY.

A low is deepening over the Tasman Sea. An associated band of heavy
rain, preceded by a strong, north to northeast flow, should move
across the upper North Island Saturday afternoon and rapidly down the
east coast of the North Island on Sunday. By Sunday evening it is
expected to lie off the Marlborough coast with a strong east to
southeast flow directing rain into eastern Otago, Canterbury and
possibly southern parts of the Kaikoura Coast.

This watch is for a period of heavy rain in southern Northland,
Auckland, Waikato, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and northern
Gisborne from later Saturday to noon Sunday and in western Nelson
through much of Sunday. A warning will likely be issued for Bay of
Plenty Saturday morning, but for the other areas, rainfall
accumulations would appear to fall short of warning criteria.

In the east of the South Island, the watch is for a period of heavy
rainfall for eastern Otago, Canterbury and Marlborough from Sunday
afternoon through to Monday night or Tuesday morning. 

In many of these areas, the ground is already very sodden and further
rainfall will likely cause significant problems, especially in Bay of
Plenty, Canterbury and eastern Otago.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9am Saturday 11 August 2012 


This watch has been updated - See above

SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA
ISSUED BY METSERVICE 04-Aug-2012

A PERIOD OF SIGNIFICANT HEAVY RAIN POSSIBLE FOR THE WESTERN BAY OF
PLENTY AND COROMANDEL PENINSULA DURING SATURDAY

A moist north to northeast flow over the country is still expected to
bring occasional rain during Saturday to the Coromandel Peninsula,
western Bay of Plenty, the hills and ranges of Wairarapa, including
the Tararua District, and the ranges of Nelson and Marlborough,
including the Kaikoura ranges.

For the Coromandel Peninsula and the western Bay of Plenty, including
the Kaimai Range, the rain is likely to become heavier for a time
this afternoon and evening. 30-60mm of rain could accumulate in some
places in these regions in the 12 hours from midday to midnight
Saturday. Although the rain will not be heavy enough or widespread
enough to meet the warning criteria, it could still cause problems. 
These regions are already saturated due to heavy rain at the
beginning of this week. Forecaster's will continue to the monitor the
situation and the Heavy Rain Watch will be maintained.

For remaining areas previously included in the Watch, the hills and
ranges of Wairarapa, including the Tararua District, and the ranges
of Nelson and Marlborough, including the Kaikoura ranges, further
rain is expected. However the amount of rain is not likely to be
significant enough to justify the Watch being continued and is
therefore lifted.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Saturday 4 August 2012

 


This watch has been updated - see above

SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR COROMANDEL PENINSULA, WAIKATO, BAY OF PLENTY
ROTORUA, WAIRARAPA, MARLBOROUGH, NELSON

ISSUED BY METSERVICE 03-Aug-2012

FURTHER SIGNIFICANT RAINFALLS POSSIBLE INTO THE WEEKEND ABOUT EASTERN
AREAS OF THE NORTH ISLAND FROM COROMANDEL PENINSULA TO WAIRARAPA, AND
ALSO ABOUT THE RANGES OF NELSON AND MARLBOROUGH INCLUDING THE
KAIKOURA RANGES 

A rainfall warning is in place for the hills and ranges of Gisborne
and Hawkes Bay. Significant rainfalls are also possible in other
areas as detailed below.

For the Coromandel Peninsula and western Bay of Plenty, including the
Kaimai Range, localised heavy showers overnight Friday may turn to
more widespread rain during Saturday, with heavy falls.

For Marlborough and the Kaikoura ranges, further moderate rain is
expected overnight Friday and Saturday morning, with some locally
heavy falls.

The hills and ranges of Wairarapa, including the Tararua District,
also the ranges of Nelson, although further rain is still likely
through to Saturday, no widespread heavy falls are expected.

It is unlikely rainfall amounts will reach warning criteria in these
areas. However, the prolonged nature of this rain event and the
saturated conditions in these areas may lead to rising streams and
rivers and possible surface flooding and slips.

Forecasters will continue to monitor the situation and advise people
in these areas to remain up to date with the latest forecasts.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9am Saturday 4 August 2012


This watch has been updated - See above 

SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR COROMANDEL PENINSULA, WAIKATO, BAY OF PLENTY
ROTORUA, WAIRARAPA, MARLBOROUGH, NELSON

ISSUED BY METSERVICE  - 03-Aug-2012

FURTHER SIGNIFICANT RAINFALLS POSSIBLE ABOUT EASTERN AREAS FROM
COROMANDEL PENINSULA TO THE KAIKOURA RANGES INTO THE WEEKEND

A slow-moving low to the west of the North Island is directing a

moist east to northeast flow over the country. This flow is bringing
rain or showers to many eastern places and is expected to continue
through to Saturday night.

A rainfall warning is in place for the hills and ranges of Gisborne
and Hawkes Bay. Significant rainfalls are also possible in other
eastern areas as detailed below.

For the Coromandel Peninsula and western Bay of Plenty, including the
Kaimai Range, localised heavy showers are possible today, but may
turn to more widespread rain during Saturday, with heavy falls. 

The hills and ranges of Wairarapa, including the Tararua District,
also the ranges of Nelson west of Motueka, no widespread heavy falls
are expected, although further rain is still likely through to
Saturday.

For Marlborough and the Kaikoura ranges, further moderate rain is
expected today, with some locally heavy falls about the eastern
ranges, easing overnight.

It is unlikely rainfall amounts will reach warning criteria in these
areas. However, the prolonged nature of this rain event and the
saturated conditions in these areas may lead to rising streams and
rivers and possible surface flooding and slips.

Forecasters will continue to monitor the situation and advise people
in these areas to remain up to date with the latest forecasts.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Friday 3rd August 


This watch has been updated  -See above

PERIOD OF HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG NORTHEASTERLIES FOR NORTHERN NEW
ZEALAND

A front should move slowly southwards over northern New Zealand today (
Tuesday) and is expected to become slow moving across the central
North Island during Wednesday. A moist northeast flow ahead of the
front is expected to bring a period of heavy rain and strong
northeast winds to several regions in the north and east of the North
Island.

A Heavy Rain Warning is in force for the Coromandel Peninsula.>
For Auckland until early this evening, the Bay of Plenty and Rotorua
throughout today, for Gisborne from this afternoon through to early
Wednesday morning, and for Hawkes Bay overnight Tuesday and during
Wednesday, rainfall accumulations may approach warning amounts and a
Watch for heavy rain will be maintained.

Also for Auckland this morning, Waikato and Waitomo this morning and
afternoon, northeasterly winds could to rise to gale for a time in
localised places, with gusts approaching severe gale strength. A
Watch for strong winds in these areas will also be maintained.

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in
case a full Warning becomes necessary.

Heavy rain in Northland has eased or is soon expected to ease this
morning, and the Watch for Northland is lifted.


This watch has been updated - see above 

SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, COROMANDEL PENINSULA,
BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, GISBORNE
ISSUED BY METSERVICE
A PERIOD OF HEAVY RAIN FOR THE UPPER NORTH ISLAND

A front is expected to move southwards across the upper North Island
from late Monday evening through to early Wednesday morning, preceded
by rain and strong to gale northeasterlies. The heaviest falls are
forecast for eastern and northern parts of Northland later today and
early Tuesday, then for north Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula and
western Bay of Plenty during Tuesday. Heavy rain is then expected
for the north of Gisborne from Tuesday afternoon through to early
Wednesday morning. For these areas, rainfall accumulations may
approach warning amounts, and a Watch will be maintained.

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in
case a full Warning becomes necessary.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Monday 2nd July


This watch has been updates - see above

SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA,TARANAKI,TAUPO,TAIHAPE,
WAIRARAPA,MARLBOROUGH,BULLER

LOW CROSSING CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND TONIGHT. BURST OF HEAVY RAIN FOR
MANY PLACES.
A low over the Tasman Sea is expected cross over the central North Island tonight.
The passage of this low is expected to bring a burst of heavy rain to
many parts of the North Island and upper South Island Wednesday
evening and Thursday morning. There is some uncertainty with regards
to the total rainfall accumulations during this event, but a watch is
in force for Buller, the Kaikoura Coast and Seaward Range, Mount
Taranaki, the central North Island high country, the eastern Bay of
Plenty Ranges, and the coastal hills and ranges of Wairarapa.
The watch for the northern Westland ranges has now been lifted, as
the rain has eased in that area.
Metservice forecasters will continue to monitor this event and people
in these areas are advised to stay up to date with the latest
forecasts and warnings. In addition, people are advised that rivers
and streams may rise rapidly, and slips and surface flooding are also
possible.

 


This watch had been updated - see above

SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA,BULLER,WESTLAND

HEAVY RAIN POSSIBLE FOR NORTHERN WESTLAND AND BULLER TONIGHT AND
DURING WEDNESDAY, AND FOR BAY OF PLENTY OVERNIGHT WEDNESDAY AND
THURSDAY
An active front has brought heavy rain to southern and central parts
of Westland and for the Southern Alps, and a heavy rain warning is in
effect. Although this front is expected to weaken over Buller during
Wednesday, rainfall accumulations may still reach warning levels over
northern Westland and the ranges of Buller, and MetService
forecasters will maintain a watch for these areas.

A low is forecast to develop over the Tasman Sea, forcing a moist
northerly flow over the North Island later on Wednesday and during
Thursday, bringing rain to many places. This watch is also for
possible significant rainfall totals for the eastern ranges of Bay of
Plenty during Wednesday night.

People in these areas are advised to keep updated with the latest
forecasts and warnings.


This watch has been updated - see above

 Valid to: 9:56am Wednesday 21 Mar 2012

 SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR AUCKLAND,COROMANDEL PENINSULA,WAITOMO,BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA,TAUMARUNUI,TAIHAPE,WANGANUI,MANAWATU,WELLINGTON, MARLBOROUGH


A DEEP LOW IS BRINGING HEAVY RAIN TO THE EAST OF THE NORTH ISLAND AND
GALES TO PARTS OF THE NORTH ISLAND AND THE MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS. A LOW
MOVING SOUTH FROM THE SUBTROPICS IS EXPECTED TO BRING BRIEF HEAVY
RAIN TO PARTS OF THE UPPER NORTH ISLAND WEDNESDAY EVENING AND
THURSDAY MORNING

Southeast gales are expected over exposed parts of the central and
lower North Island and the upper South Island. A warning for severe
gales has been issued for Taranaki, the central North Island high
country, Wellington and the Horowhenua Kapiti Coast. A warning for
heavy rain has been issued for Wairarapa, Hawkes Bay and Gisborne.
Rain could also become heavy this afternoon about the eastern ranges
of Wellington.

This watch is for the possibility of southeast gales becoming severe
in exposed places west of the main ranges from about Rotorua to
Manawatu, not already included in the warning, also the Marlborough
Sounds, through until Tuesday night. Rain could also become heavy
Tuesday afternoon about the Orongorongo Ranges in Wellington,easing
Wednesday morning.

In addition, a new low is expected to move south onto the upper North
Island Wednesday evening. This watch is for a possible burst of heavy
rain in Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and the north
of Gisborne Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. 

Metservice forecasters will continue to monitor the situation, and
advise people in these areas to stay up-to-date with the latest
forecast in case further warnings are required.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Tuesday 20th March
Forecast prepared by: Hordur Thordarson


This watch has been updated - See above

 Valid to: 5:01pm Tuesday 20 Mar 2012

 SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR AUCKLAND,WAIKATO,COROMANDEL PENINSULA,

WAITOMO,BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA,TAUMARUNUI,WAIRARAPA,WANGANUI,MANAWATU,MARLBOROUGH

DEEP LOW EXPECTED TO BRING HEAVY RAIN TO THE NORTH AND EAST OF THE
NORTH ISLAND AND GALES TO MUCH OF THE NORTH ISLAND AND THE
MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS

A deep low lies slow moving just northeast of Northland and a ridge
of high pressure is building over the South Island. A warning for
heavy rain has been issued for Northland, northern parts of Auckland,
Coromandel Peninsula, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay.
This watch is for the possibility that rain could become heavy in
Wairarapa on Tuesday, especially about the ranges of the Tararua
District.

Southeast gales are expected over exposed parts of the North Island
and the upper South Island. A warning for severe gales has been
issued for Northland, Taranaki, Taupo, the central plateau,Wellington
and the Horowhenua Kapiti Coast.
Also, southeast gales may become severe in exposed places west of the
main ranges from Auckland to Manawatu, not already included in the
warning, also the Marlborough Sounds, from this evening through until
Tuesday night.

Metservice forecasters will continue to monitor the situation, and
advise people in these areas to stay up-to-date with the latest
forecast in case further warnings are required.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm
Forecast prepared by: Leigh Matheson


This watch has been updated - See above 

Valid to: 10:04am Tuesday 20 Mar 2012

SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR AUCKLAND,WAIKATO,COROMANDEL PENINSULA,

WAITOMO,BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA,TAUMARUNUI,TAIHAPE,WAIRARAPA,WANGANUI, MANAWATU,WELLINGTON,MARLBOROUGH

DEEP LOW EXPECTED TO BRING HEAVY RAIN TO THE NORTH AND EAST OF THE
NORTH ISLAND AND GALES TO MUCH OF THE NORTH ISLAND AND THE
MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS

A deep low lies slow moving just northeast of Northland and a ridge
of high pressure is building over the South Island. A period of heavy
rain is expected from the Bay of Plenty and Auckland northwards and
also in Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa. A warning for heavy rain
has already been issued for Northland, parts of Auckland, Coromandel
Peninsula, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay. 

Southeast winds are expected to intensify over the North Island and
the upper South Island today. A warning for severe gales has been
issued for Northland, Taranaki and Taupo. 

This watch is for the possibility that heavy rain may accumulate to
warning levels in other parts of Auckland and in the Bay of Plenty,
especially near the ranges till Monday evening. Rain could become
heavy in Wairarapa tomorrow. Also, southeast gales may become severe
in exposed places from Auckland to Bay of Plenty, south to Wellington
and the Marlborough Sounds, from this afternoon north of the central
plateau and farther south this evening. Winds should gradually ease
from the north later tomorrow.

The watch has been updated - see above 

Valid to: 9:28pm Monday 19 Mar 2012

 SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR AUCKLAND, WAIKATO, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, 

WAITOMO, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, TAUMARUNUI, TAUPO, TAIHAPE, HAWKES BAY, TARANAKI

DEEP LOW EXPECTED TO BRING HEAVY RAIN AND GALES TO THE CENTRAL AND
UPPER NORTH ISLAND ON MONDAY, EASING TUESDAY.

A deep low is expected to lie slow moving just northeast of the North
Island on Monday, and into Tuesday. A period of heavy rain with
strong southeasterly gales is expected over the top of the North
Island from Taranaki to Hawkes Bay northwards. Heavy rainfall
warnings have been issued for Northland, the north of Auckland,
Coromandel Peninsula, and Gisborne. This watch is for the possibility
that the heavy rain may accumulate to warning levels over other parts
of Auckland, Bay of Plenty, especially near the ranges, and Hawkes
Bay. 
Also, southeast winds may reach severe gale from Monday afternoon in
places north of a line from Mt Taranaki to East Cape and north to
Auckland. A severe gale warning has already been issued for Northland.
These gales are likely to continue into Tuesday.

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am Monday 19th March

 


This watch has benn updated - see above

Valid to: 9:25am Monday 19 Mar 2012

SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND,AUCKLAND,WAIKATO,COROMANDEL
PENINSULA,WAITOMO,BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA,TAUMARUNUI,TAUPO,TAIHAPE,
GISBORNE,HAWKES BAY,TARANAKI,WESTLAND

FRONT BRINGING BRIEF HEAVY RAIN TO WESTLAND TODAY. DEEP LOW EXPECTED
TO BRING HEAVY RAIN AND GALES TO TOP OF NORTH ISLAND TOMORROW. 

A front is expected to move over the South Island this morning. A
rainfall warning has been issued for Fiordland. The front should
weaken as it moves over Westland and although brief heavy rain is
also likely there, it is not expected to last long enough to reach
warning criteria.

A low is expected to approach northern New Zealand late Sunday.A
period of heavy rain with strong southeasterly gales is expected over
the top of the North Island from Taranaki to Hawkes Bay northwards.
Heavy rainfall warnings have been issued for Northland, Coromandel
Peninsula, and Gisborne. This watch is for the possibility that the
heavy rain may accumulate to warning levels over parts of Auckland,
Bay of Plenty, especially near the ranges, and Hawkes Bay. 

Also, southeast winds may reach severe gale from Monday evening in
places north of a line from Mt Taranaki to East Cape. These gales are
likely to continue into Tuesday.

MetService forecasters will continue to monitor the situation and
people in the area should keep up to date with the latest forecasts
in case this watch needs to be updated to a full warning. 


This watch has been updated - See above

SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR COROMANDEL PENINSULA,BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, NELSON,BULLER

HEAVY RAIN IN PLACES FOR THE NORTHEAST OF THE NORTH ISLAND OVERNIGHT SUNDAY, EASING MONDAY MORNING.

A large trough and associated frontal rainband extending from
Northland to central New Zealand southwards will move across the
North Island tonight and clear East Cape about noon Monday.
Further heavy rain is expected on Mt Taranaki Sunday evening and a
Heavy Rain Warning is in effect for this area. The rain has now moved
east of Buller and northwest Nelson and the Watch is lifted for these
two areas.
The band of north to northeasterly rain will move across the
Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty overnight, clearing the
Coromandel Peninsula around dawn and the East Cape area late Monday
morning. There is still some uncertainty about rainfall amounts
during this time and a few places may come close to short duration
warning amounts.
Members of the public are advised to keep up to date with the latest
forecasts in case this watch is upgraded to a warning for either or
both of these areas. 


This watch has been updated - see above

SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR COROMANDEL PENINSULA,BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, NELSON,BULLER

PERIOD OF HEAVY RAIN IN THE WEST AND NORTH OF THE SOUTH ISLAND TODAY
AND FOR THE NORTH ISLAND DURING SUNDAY AND MONDAY 

A large trough and associated frontal rainband extending from the
west of northern and central New Zealand and across the South Island
Sunday morning, are expected to move slowly eastwards onto the rest
of the country during Sunday and to the east of New Zealand on Monday.
Further heavy rain is expected in Westland during Sunday and
significant rain is now expected on Mount Taranaki, a Heavy Rain
Warning is in effect for these areas.

There is also the possibility that as the trough and frontal rainband
moves across the county, rainfall accumulations in Buller and
northwest Nelson could reach warning amounts during today, and in the
Coromandel Peninsula and the Bay of Plenty overnight Sunday and
Monday morning. 

There is some uncertainty with the timing of the front as it moves
across New Zealand. People are advised to keep up to date with the
latest forecasts in case it becomes necessary to include any of these
areas in the warning or add new areas to the watch.


This watch has been updated - see above

SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND,AUCKLAND,WAIKATO,COROMANDEL
PENINSULA,WAITOMO,BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA,TAUMARUNUI,TAUPO,TAIHAPE,

GISBORNE,HAWKES BAY,WAIRARAPA,TARANAKI,WANGANUI,MANAWATU,WELLINGTON,
MARLBOROUGH,NELSON

RAPIDLY DEEPENING LOW EXPECTED TO CROSS THE NORTH ISLAND OVERNIGHT
FRIDAY AND DURING SATURDAY WITH DESTRUCTIVE GALES AND HEAVY RAIN
ABOUT CENTRAL AND NORTHERN NEW ZEALAND.

MetService forecasters expect a low to deepen rapdily as it crosses
the Tasman Sea on Friday, and to become intense as it crosses the
North Island overnight Friday and during Saturday. Gale force winds
are expected over much of the North Island for a time with the
passage of the low. There is now an increased risk that gale force
wind winds will also affect the upper South Island for a time as well.
Marlborough and Nelson have now been included in the Severe Weather
Watch. In some places, these gales could be severe and damaging.

A period of very heavy rain is also expected over much of the North
Island, in Marlborough and also possibly Nelson.

People in the North Island, Marlborough and Nelson, particularly
those planning outdoor activities, are urged to keep up to date with
the latest forecasts as warnings will be issued closer to the event.

Although strong westerly winds are expected in Hawkes Bay tonight,
Thursday, the risk of them reaching severe gale strength is
diminishing.


This watch has been updated - See above

SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND,AUCKLAND,WAIKATO,COROMANDEL
PENINSULA,WAITOMO,BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA,TAUMARUNUI,TAUPO,TAIHAPE,
GISBORNE,HAWKES BAY,WAIRARAPA,TARANAKI,WANGANUI,MANAWATU,WELLINGTON

RAPIDLY DEEPENING LOW EXPECTED TO CROSS NORTH ISLAND SATURDAY WITH
DESTRUCTIVE GALES AND HEAVY RAIN. ALSO, WESTERLY GALES IN HAWKES BAY
MAY BECOME SEVERE FOR A TIME TODAY.

MetService forecasters expect a low to deepen rapdily as it crosses
the Tasman Sea on Friday, and to become intense as it crosses the
North Island on Saturday. Gale force winds are expected over much of
the North Island for a time on Saturday. In some places, these gales
could be severe and damaging. A period of very heavy rain is also
expected in many places.

People in the North Island, particularly those planning outdoor
activities, are urged to keep up to date with the latest forecasts as
warnings will be issued closer to the event.

Also, today, Metservice expects strong and gusty westerlies to affect
much of the North Island. Winds could rise to severe gale in Hawkes
Bay south of Napier by midday today, easing late this evening.

 


This Watch has been up dataed - See above

SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA,TAUMARUNUI,TAUPO,
WAIRARAPA,WELLINGTON,MARLBOROUGH,CANTERBURY

BURSTS OF HEAVY RAIN FOR CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY.
NORTHWEST GALES BETWEEN WAIRARAPA AND CANTERBURY ON THURSDAY.

A low over the Tasman Sea is expected to deepen today, bringing very
humid northerlies and rain across central and northern New Zealand.
This low will cross the South Island on Thursday, with its associated
rainband sweeping across much of the country. The largest rainfall
amounts are expected in the north and west of the South Island, also
about the Tararua Range and Mt Taranaki, with significant rain also
forecast for parts of Canterbury and Otago. Heavy rainfall warnings
are in effect for all these areas. 

A prolonged spell of rain with some heavy falls is also expected
about the ranges of the central North Island high country and in Bay
of Plenty (especially in the east). Rainfall in these areas may
approach warning amounts and a Watch will be maintained. Rain should
ease about the high country Thursday afternoon, western Bay of Plenty
in the evening and in eastern Bay of Plenty overnight Thursday.

Additionally, this Watch now includes a risk of severe north or
northwest gales for inland parts of North Canterbury and Marlborough,
also about Wellington and Wairarapa on Thursday. Winds should be
strongest ahead of the front in Wellington Thursday morning, and in
other areas behind the front until evening. At this stage it is
unclear if winds will be strong enough or widespread enough to
justify a warning.

People in all these areas are advised to keep up to date with
forecasts in case further warnings become necessary during this event.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Wednesday 22 February, 2012.

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