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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, GISBORNE ISSUED BY METSERVICE 29-Dec-2013

HEAVY RAIN FOR THE COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY AND NORTHERN GISBORNE TODAY (SUNDAY)

A moist, unstable northerly airstream is bringing heavy rain to the Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and northern Gisborne today.
Localised intense downpours, and possible thunderstorms, are likely to boost rainfall amounts, and in isolated areas accumulations may reach warning criteria. Localised surface flooding and hazardous driving conditions are likely.

For the Coromandel Peninsula, the heaviest rain is expected to ease by midday. In Bay of Plenty, rain should ease west of Whakatane this evening then elsewhere overnight. Rain is expected to become heavy in northern Gisborne this afternoon and should ease early Monday morning.

Note, the Watch for Northland and Auckland is lifted. However, isolated thunderstorms are possible this afternoon, especially in the west which could produce localised heavy falls.

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts, including the Thunderstorm Watch, in case a Warning is issued.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Sunday December 29th Forecast prepared by: Rochelle Fleming Forecast checked by: Andy Downs


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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, GISBORNE ISSUED BY METSERVICE 28-Dec-2013

A BURST OF HEAVY RAIN FOR THE UPPER NORTH ISLAND TONIGHT AND DURING SUNDAY

A very moist and unstable northerly airstream will bring thundery rain to many North Island places during Saturday and Sunday.

The heaviest falls are likely to affect Northland till Sunday morning, Auckland during Sunday morning, and Coromandel Peninsula Sunday morning and early afternoon. In Bay of Plenty and the Gisborne ranges, the heaviest falls are expected during Sunday and Monday morning.

This Watch is for the possibility that rainfall totals may meet warning criteria in these areas.

Embedded thunderstorms will boost rainfall intensities, and isolated areas may see rainfall amounts reach warning levels, but at this stage it does not look widespread enough to warrant a warning.

People in these areas are, however, urged to stay up to date with the latest forecasts, in case a warning is issued.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9am Sunday 29 December Forecast prepared by: Mads Naeraa-Spiers Forecast checked by: Paul Mallinson

For further information after 9pm contact Duty Forecaster Paul Mallinson or William Nepe

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, GISBORNE ISSUED BY METSERVICE 28-Dec-2013

BURST OF HEAVY RAIN FOR THE NORTHEAST OF NORTH ISLAND TONIGHT AND SUNDAY.

A low over the Tasman Sea will spread a very moist and unstable northerly airstream over the upper North Island during today and Sunday. Fronts associated with this low should bring a burst of heavy thundery rain to the upper North Island.

The heaviest falls are likely in Northland this evening and early Sunday morning and in Auckland during Sunday morning and about the Coromandel Peninsula Sunday morning and early afternoon. For Bay of Plenty and the northern and western ranges of Gisborne the heaviest falls are likely during Sunday and early Monday morning.

This Watch is for the possibility of rainfall accumulations reaching warning criteria in these areas.

A few isolated areas may possibly reach warning amounts due to the embedded convection (especially in Bay of Plenty and the ranges of Gisborne), but at this stage models indicate that the rainfall distribution is not widespread enough to warrant a full warning.

MetService will continue to monitor the situation and advises people to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case any areas in this Watch are upgraded to a full Warning.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Saturday 28 December 2013 Forecast prepared by: Sarah Garlick Forecast checked by: Allister Gorman

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, WAIKATO, WAITOMO, TAUPO, TAUMARUNUI, TAIHAPE, TARANAKI, WELLINGTON ISSUED BY METSERVICE 27-Nov-2013

HEAVY RAIN FOR MOST OF THE NORTH ISLAND AND MARLBOROUGH TODAY AND TOMORROW

A complex trough of low pressure is expected to move slowly across the North Island during the next couple of days bringing significant rain to much of the North Island and northeastern parts of the South Island. A moist easterly flow is expected to remain slow moving over central New Zealand tonight through to Thursday morning, then tends southerly Thursday afternoon. An unstable northerly flow covers northern areas today and early Thursday.

A heavy rain warning is in force for Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa, including the Rimutaka Range, and northeastern Marlborough.

Heavy showers and possible thunderstorms are expected about northern parts of the North Island today and early Thursday, with locally heavy falls likely - please refer to the current Thunderstorm Watch.
This Watch is for the possibility that rainfall accumulations may approach short duration warning criteria about Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Waitomo, Taranaki, Taumarunui, Taihape and Taupo during this time.

Further south, easterly rain is expected to become heavier later today before tending southerly Thursday afternoon as the low deepens east of the North Island. This watch covers Wellington (excluding the Rimutaka Range) from tonight until Thursday night.

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

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Wednesday 27 November Forecast prepared by: Leigh Matheson Forecast checked by: Andy Downs

For further information after 2pm Wednesday 27 November contact Duty Forecaster Chris Noble

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, WAIKATO, WAITOMO, TAUMARUNUI, TAUPO, TAIHAPE, HAWKES BAY, WAIRARAPA, TARANAKI, WELLINGTON, MARLBOROUGH ISSUED BY METSERVICE 26-Nov-2013

HEAVY RAIN FOR MOST OF THE NORTH ISLAND AND MARLBOROUGH WEDNESDAY AND AND THURSDAY

A complex trough of low pressure will move slowly across the North Island during the next couple of days bringing significant rain to much of the North Island and northeastern parts of the South Island.A moist easterly flow is expected to remain slow moving over central New Zealand tonight through to Thursday morning, while an unstable northerly flow covers northern areas.

The heaviest falls are likely to be in northern North Island areas during Wednesday, mainly in locally heavy downpours.
A heavy rain warning is in force for Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and northern Gisborne from Wednesday evening.

Heavy showers and possible thunderstorms are expected about northern parts of the North Island Wednesday and early Thursday. This Watch is for the possibility that rainfall accumulations may approach short duration warning criteria about Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Waitomo, Taranaki, Taumarunui, Taihape and Taupo during this time.

Further south, this watch covers Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa, Wellington, eastern Marlborough and the Marlborough Sounds. Easterly rain is expected to be heavy at times from Wednesday night through to Thursday morning. The flow then tends southerly Thursday afternoon, bringing heavy rain for a time to Wellington and Wairarapa until Thursday evening.

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

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am Wednesday 27 November Forecast prepared by: Leigh Matheson Forecast checked by: Chris Noble


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR WAIKATO, WAITOMO, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, TAUPO, TAUMARUNUI, TARANAKI, TAIHAPE, WAIRARAPA, WELLINGTON, MARLBOROUGH, NELSON ISSUED BY METSERVICE 26-Nov-2013

HEAVY RAIN FOR MOST OF THE NORTH ISLAND AND FOR NELSON AND MARLBOROUGH TODAY AND WEDNESDAY

A complex trough of low pressure will move slowly across New Zealand during the next couple of days bringing significant rain to all the North Island and the north of the South Island. A moist easterly flow is strengthening over central New Zealand today, while an unstable northerly flow covers northern areas. The heaviest falls are likely to be about central and southern parts of the North Island, and also for Nelson and Marlborough.

This Watch is for the possibility that rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria about the North Island areas of Waitomo, Taranaki, Taumarunui, Taihape, Taupo and Bay of Plenty during today and Wednesday. Thunderstorms and localised downpours are possible in these areas both today and tomorrow.

Further south, this watch covers Wairarapa, Wellington, eastern Marlborough, Marlborough Sounds and Nelson west of Motueka. Rain in these areas is expected to be heavy at times through today and Wednesday.

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

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Tuesday Forecast prepared by: Oliver Druce Forecast checked by: Sarah Garlick


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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR WAIKATO, WAITOMO, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, TAUMARUNUI, TAUPO, TAIHAPE, TARANAKI, WAIRARAPA, WELLINGTON, MARLBOROUGH, NELSON ISSUED BY METSERVICE 25-Nov-2013

HEAVY RAIN FOR MOST OF THE NORTH ISLAND AND THE UPPER SOUTH DURING TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY

A complex trough of low pressure will move slowly across New Zealand during the next couple of days bringing significant rain to the North Island and the northern half of the South Island during Tuesday and Wednesday. The heaviest falls are likely to be about central and southern parts of the North Island, and the upper South Island.
A moist easterly flow is expected to strengthen over central New Zealand during Tuesday.

This Watch is for the possibility that rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria about the North Island areas of Waitomo, Taranaki, Taumarunui, Taihape, Taupo and Bay of Plenty during Tuesday and Wednesday. Thunderstorms and localised downpours are possible in these areas during both Tuesday and Wednesday.

Further south this watch covers Wairarapa, Wellington, eastern Marlborough, Marlborough Sounds and Nelson west of Motueka. Rain in these areas is expected so be heavy at times through Tuesday and Wednesday.

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

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am Tuesday Forecast prepared by: Oliver Druce Forecast checked by: Gerard Barrow

For further information after 9pm contact Duty Forecaster Gerard Barrow

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, GISBORNE ISSUED BY METSERVICE 06-Nov-2013

HEAVY RAIN FOR WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY AND NORTH GISBORNE

A front is moving across the central and lower North Island today, preceded by moist northeasterlies and rain. The heaviest falls are expected in the western Bay of Plenty until late this morning, and in north Gisborne until about midnight tonight. Rainfall in these areas may approach warning amounts, especially in localised thunderstorms.

Note, heavy rain has eased in the Coromandel Peninsula and the Watch there is now lifted.

People in these areas are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts, in case this watch is upgraded to a warning.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Wednesday 6th November Forecast prepared by: Heath Gullery Forecast checked by: Andy Downs


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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, GISBORNE ISSUED BY METSERVICE 05-Nov-2013

HEAVY RAIN FOR COROMANDEL PENINSULA WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY AND NORTHERN GISBORNE

An active front lying over Northland Tuesday evening is expected to move southwards over Coromandel Peninsula and western Bay of Plenty during Wednesday morning, then clear Gisborne Wednesday evening.
This front will bring a period of heavy rain with possible thunderstorms.

For Coromandel Peninsula and western Bay of Plenty rain will become heavy from early Wednesday morning, then ease by midday.
For northern Gisborne the rain is expected to set in during the morning, become heavy in the afternoon, and ease late evening.
Rainfall amounts in these areas may approach warning criteria.

People in these areas are advised to be prepared for heavy rain, and to keep up to date with the latest forecasts, in case this watch is upgraded to a warning.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9am Wednesday Forecast prepared by: Oliver Druce Forecast checked by: Allister Gorman

For further information after 9pm contact Duty Forecaster Allister Gorman

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, GISBORNE ISSUED BY METSERVICE 05-Nov-2013

HEAVY RAIN FOR COROMANDEL, WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY AND NORTH GISBORNE

An active front is forecast to move eastwards across the upper North Island from tonight (Tuesday) through to Wednesday afternoon. The front is likely to be accompanied by a period of heavy and possibly thundery rain.

This Watch is for heavy rain in the Coromandel Peninsula and western Bay of Plenty from overnight Tuesday through to early Wednesday afternoon, and for northern Gisborne during Wednesday. Rainfall amounts in these places may approach warning criteria, especially in localised thunderstorms.

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

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Tuesday 5th November Forecast prepared by: Heath Gullery Forecast checked by: Erick Brenstrum


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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA ISSUED BY METSERVICE 04-Nov-2013

HEAVY RAIN FOR COROMANDEL AND WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY

An active front is forecast to move across the Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty during Wednesday morning and afternoon, accompanied by a period of heavy and possibly thundery rain. This Watch is for heavy rain in the Coromandel Peninsula and western Bay of Plenty, where rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria during Wednesday morning and early afternoon.

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

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am Tuesday 5th November Forecast prepared by: Heath Gullery Forecast checked by: Gerard Barrow

For further information after 9pm Monday 4th November contact Duty Forecaster Gerard Barrow

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, WAIRARAPA, WELLINGTON ISSUED BY METSERVICE 31-Oct-2013

BURST OF HEAVY RAIN FOR THE EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY RANGES. HEAVY RAIN AND NORTHWEST GALES OVER THE LOWER NORTH ISLAND EASING.

A complex trough lying over central New Zealand is expected to move east across the North Island tonight and early Friday morning. Strong to gale northwesterlies precede this trough, with rain over much of the North Island.

The heaviest rain is expected about the Tararua Range and Mount Taranaki where a warning is in force.

Heavy rain about Wellington and the Kapiti Coast is expected to ease overnight tonight (Thursday). This Watch is for the possibility that in some places accumulations could approach warning criteria, and this additional rain may be significant for rivers already at high levels.

This Watch is also for the possibility that rainfall accumulations could approach warning amounts about the ranges of eastern Bay of Plenty this evening (Thursday) and early Friday morning.

Rain about the Marlborough Sounds has eased, and the Watch there is now lifted.

Northwesterlies about the Marlborough Sounds, Wellington and Wairarapa are easing, and the watch for the possibility of severe gales in these areas is lifted.

People in these areas are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts in case it becomes necessary to upgrade any parts of this Watch to a Warning.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9am Friday November 1st Forecast prepared by: Rochelle Fleming Forecast checked by: Heath Gullery

For further information after 8.30pm Thursday October 31st contact Duty Forecaster Heath Gullery

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR WAIRARAPA, WELLINGTON, MARLBOROUGH, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA ISSUED BY METSERVICE 31-Oct-2013

HEAVY RAIN AND NORTHWEST GALES OVER PARTS OF THE NORTH ISLAND AND THE MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS

A complex trough lying over central New Zealand is expected to pass east over the North Island tonight and early Friday morning. Strong to gale northwesterlies precede this trough, with rain over much of the North Island.

The heaviest rain is expected about the Tararua Range and Mount Taranaki where a warning is in force.

Outbreaks of heavy rain are expected about Wellington, the Marlborough Sounds and the Kapiti Coast this morning and again in the evening (Thursday). This watch is for the possibility that locally heavy rain could approach short-duration warning criteria (50mm in 6
hours) in these areas.
This watch is also for the possibility that rainfall accumulations could approach warning amounts about the eastern Bay of Plenty ranges this evening and early Friday morning.

The rain has eased about Westland, Nelson and the Richmond Range and the Watch has now been lifted in these areas.

In addition, northwesterly gales ahead of this trough are expected to affect the lower North Island and Marlborough Sounds today (Thursday).
This Watch also covers the possibility that northwesterly gales could become severe about the Marlborough Sounds, Wellington and Wairarapa until this evening.

People in these areas are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts in case it becomes necessary to upgrade any parts of this Watch to a Warning.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Thursday 31 October Forecast prepared by: Leigh Matheson Forecast checked by: Gerard Barrow


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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR WAIRARAPA, WELLINGTON, MARLBOROUGH, NELSON, WESTLAND, TARANAKI, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA ISSUED BY METSERVICE 30-Oct-2013

HEAVY RAIN AND NORTHWEST GALES OVER CENTRAL NEW ZEALAND.

A complex trough is expected to cross New Zealand during Thursday, bringing rain to most of the North Island and upper South Island. 
The heaviest rain is expected about Buller, the ranges of northwest Nelson and the Tararua Range, where a Warning remains in force.

This Watch is for the possibility that rainfall accumulations could approach warning criteria in northern Westland (north of the Glaciers), the remainder of Nelson, and the western ranges of Marlborough. The heaviest falls are likely tonight (Wednesday) to late Thursday morning.

During Thursday morning and early afternoon, a period of heavy rain is expected in Wellington and on the Kapiti Coast, and these areas are now included in the Watch as rain could approach short-duration warning criteria (50mm in 6 hours) in localised areas.

This Watch is also for the possibility that rainfall accumulations could approach warning criteria about Mount Taranaki from Thursday morning to afternoon, and about the ranges of eastern Bay of Plenty from Thursday evening through to early Friday morning.

Note, warning amounts of heavy rain about the Canterbury Headwaters ( north of the Rangitata River) now look unlikely, and the Watch there is lifted.

In addition, northwesterly gales ahead of this trough are expected to affect the lower North Island and upper South Island. This Watch also covers the possibility that northwesterly gales could become severe about the Marlborough Sounds, Wellington and Wairarapa from early Thursday morning through to Thursday afternoon.

People in these areas are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts in case it becomes necessary to upgrade any parts of this Watch to a Warning.

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am Thursday October 31st Forecast prepared by: Rochelle Fleming Forecast checked by: Heath Gullery

For further information after 8.30pm contact Duty Forecaster Heath Gullery

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR WAIRARAPA, WELLINGTON, MARLBOROUGH, NELSON, WESTLAND, CANTERBURY, TARANAKI, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA ISSUED BY METSERVICE 30-Oct-2013

NORTHWEST GALES AND HEAVY RAIN OVER PARTS OF THE NORTH ISLAND AND UPPER SOUTH ISLAND TONIGHT AND THURSDAY.

A complex trough is expected to approach the country this evening ( Wednesday),then pass eastward during Thursday. Rain and strong northwesterly winds precede this trough, mainly affecting the upper South Island and lower North Island.

A heavy rain warning is currently in force for Buller, the northwest Nelson Ranges and the Tararua Range.

This watch is for the possibility that rainfall accumulations will reach warning criteria in northern Westland (north of the Glaciers), the remainder of Nelson, the Canterbury Headwaters north of the Rangitata River, and the western ranges of Marlborough. The heaviest falls are likely this evening (Wednesday) to late Thursday morning.

This watch is also for the possibility that rainfall accumulations will approach warning amounts about Mount Taranaki from Thursday morning to afternoon, and about the eastern Bay of Plenty Ranges from Thursday afternoon to Thursday night.

In addition, northwesterly gales are expected ahead of this trough affecting the lower North Island and upper South Island. This watch also covers the possibility that northwesterly gales will become severe about the Marlborough Sounds, Wellington and Wairarapa from tonight (Wednesday) through to late Thursday afternoon.

People in these areas are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts in case it becomes necessary to upgrade any parts of this Watch to a Warning.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Wednesday 30 October Forecast prepared by: Leigh Matheson Forecast checked by: Allister Gorman


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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR TAIHAPE, TAUMARUNUI, TARANAKI, WANGANUI, MANAWATU, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, GISBORNE, HAWKES BAY

ISSUED BY METSERVICE 14-Oct-2013

HEAVY RAIN ABOUT THE CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND TONIGHT AND TUESDAY MORNING. NORTHWEST GALES ABOUT THE NORTH ISLAND.

An active front preceded by a moist and very strong northwest flow is expected to move over the North Island tonight and Tuesday, bringing rain to most western areas and northwest gales to central and southern areas.

A heavy rain warning is in force for Mt Taranaki, the Tararua Range and Tongariro National Park for tonight and Tuesday morning. A warning for severe northwest gales is in force for Marlborough, Kapiti, Wellington and the Wairarapa until midnight tonight (Monday).

This watch is for the possibility that rainfall accumulations could approach warning amounts about remaining parts of the central high country through to Taranaki, encompassing Taihape and Taumarunui, tonight and Tuesday morning, also about the eastern Bay of Plenty Ranges Tuesday morning and afternoon.

In addition, this watch is for the possibility that northwest gales could become severe for a time about Wanganui and Manawatu tonight ( Monday), about Hawkes Bay overnight and Tuesday morning, and about Gisborne Tuesday afternoon.

Note, the northwest gales have eased, or are easing, about most of the South Island so the Watch for Buller, Westland and Nelson has been lifted. Also, the rain is easing about Nelson and the Watch for the Richmond Range has been lifted.

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

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am Tuesday October 15


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR WESTLAND, BULLER, NELSON, HAWKES BAY, GISBORNE, TARANAKI, TAIHAPE, TAUMARUNUI, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA

ISSUED BY METSERVICE 14-Oct-2013

HEAVY RAIN IN THE WEST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND, AND ALSO CENTRAL NEW ZEALAND. NORTHWEST GALES OVER CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN NEW ZEALAND.

An active front preceded by a moist and very strong northwest flow is expected to move across the South Island today (Monday), to lie over the lower North Island tonight, before clearing the country tomorrow. This system is forecast to bring rain to most of the country, especially to western regions, with the heaviest falls in the west of the South Island.

A Warning for heavy rain is in force for the South Island west coast and Southern Alps, including the headwaters of the Otago and Canterbury lakes and rivers and also northwest Nelson. The Watch for heavy rain about Mt Taranaki and also the Tararua Range has been upgraded to a Warning.

This Watch is for the possibility of rainfall accumulations approaching warning criteria about the Richmond Range during Monday. Further north, a burst of heavy rain may approach warning criteria about the central North Island hill country from Taranaki across to Taumarunui and Taihape (including Tongariro National Park) Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

The strong northwest flow is also expected to bring rain to the eastern Bay of Plenty, and this Watch is also for the possibility of rain approaching warning amounts about the ranges east of Whakatane from Monday evening through to early Tuesday afternoon.

In addition, a Warning is in force for severe gale northwesterlies for eastern parts of the South Island and lower North Island. This Watch also includes the possibility of severe northwest gales in Westland, Buller and Nelson during Monday, and in Taranaki, Taumarunui, Taihape, Hawkes Bay and Gisborne from late Monday afternoon through to Tuesday morning.

Note, the Watch for the possibility of severe northwest gales in inland Southland is now lifted.

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

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Monday October 14th

 


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR AUCKLAND, WAIKATO, WAITOMO, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, TAUMARUNUI, TAUPO, TAIHAPE, GISBORNE, HAWKES BAY, WAIRARAPA, WANGANUI, MANAWATU, WELLINGTON, CANTERBURY, NELSON, BULLER ISSUED BY METSERVICE 24-Sep-2013

SIGNIFICANT SUB-TROPICAL LOW AFFECTING NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW ZEALAND.
HEAVY RAIN FOR THE NORTH AND EAST OF THE NORTH ISLAND AND MARLBOROUGH AND SOUTHEAST GALES FOR THE NORTH ISLAND AND UPPER SOUTH ISLAND.

A deep sub-tropical low approaching from the north is expected to lie over Northland tonight (Tuesday) then move southeast to lie near East Cape by midnight Wednesday, with rain and southeast gales spreading across the North Island and upper South Island.

A Warning is in force for heavy rain for eastern Northland, Coromandel Peninsula, Gisborne and the ranges and coastal hills of Hawkes Bay. This Watch is for the possibility of rainfall accumulations approaching warning criteria in northern Auckland Tuesday afternoon and evening, and western Bay of Plenty Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday morning. For the remainder of Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa, rainfall accumulations may approach warning amounts Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning and the Watch will be maintained. Also, in the hills and ranges of Canterbury north of about Waipara, rain is expected to become heavy early Wednesday morning and should ease Wednesday afternoon. This Watch is for the possibility of rainfall accumulations approaching warning criteria for a brief period there.
Note, the Watch for heavy rain in eastern Marlborough has now been upgraded to a Warning.

In addition, a Warning is in force for severe gales in Northland, Auckland, the Coromandel Peninsula, eastern Waikato, Taranaki, Horowhenua/Kapiti Coast and the Marlborough Sounds. This Watch is for the remainder of Waikato, Gisborne and also all other North Island areas west of the main ranges from Bay of Plenty to Wellington, where east to southeast gales may become severe for a time from late Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday morning. Also, southeast gales are likely in Nelson and Buller during Wednesday morning and could become severe for a time in exposed places.

People in all these areas are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case any other areas in this Watch are upgraded to a Warning.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Tuesday September 24th Forecast prepared by: Rochelle Fleming Forecast checked by: Hordur Thordarson


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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR AUCKLAND, WAIKATO, WAITOMO, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, TAUMARUNUI, TAUPO, TAIHAPE, GISBORNE, HAWKES BAY, WAIRARAPA, TARANAKI, WANGANUI, MANAWATU, WELLINGTON, MARLBOROUGH ISSUED BY METSERVICE 23-Sep-2013

SIGNIFICANT SUB-TROPICAL LOW AFFECTING NORTH ISLAND.
HEAVY RAIN FOR THE NORTH AND EAST OF THE NORTH ISLAND AND MARLBOROUGH AND SOUTHEAST GALES FOR THE NORTH ISLAND AND UPPER SOUTH ISLAND.

A deep sub-tropical low approaching from the north is expected to lie over Northland Tuesday night, then move southeast to lie near East Cape by midnight Wednesday, with rain and southeast gales spreading across the North Island and upper South Island.

A Warning is in force for heavy rain for eastern Northland, Coromandel Peninsula, Gisborne and the ranges and coastal hills of Hawkes Bay. This Watch is for the possibility of rainfall accumulations approaching warning criteria in northern Auckland Tuesday afternoon and evening, and western Bay of Plenty Tuesday afternoon to early Wednesday. For the remainder of Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa, rainfall accumulations may approach warning amounts Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning and the Watch will be maintained. In eastern Marlborough, including the Sounds and Kaikoura Coast and Ranges, rain is expected to become heavy Tuesday night and may persist through much of Wednesday, and this Watch is for the possibility of accumulations approaching warning criteria there.

In addition, a Warning is in force for severe gales in Northland, Auckland, the Coromandel Peninsula and eastern Waikato. This Watch is for the remainder of Waikato, Gisborne and also all other North Island areas west of the main ranges from Bay of Plenty to Wellington, where east to southeast gales may become severe for a time from late Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday morning. Also, southeast gales could become severe about the Marlborough Sounds Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

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

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am Tuesday September 24th Forecast prepared by: Rochelle Fleming Forecast checked by: John Crouch

For further information after 9pm contact Duty Forecaster John Crouch

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR AUCKLAND, WAIKATO, WAITOMO, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, TAUMARUNUI, TAUPO, TAIHAPE, GISBORNE, HAWKES BAY, WAIRARAPA, TARANAKI, WANGANUI, MANAWATU, WELLINGTON, MARLBOROUGH ISSUED BY METSERVICE 23-Sep-2013

SIGNIFICANT SUB TROPICAL LOW AFFECTS NORTH ISLAND.
HEAVY RAIN FOR NORTHERN AUCKLAND, WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY, ALSO EASTERN PARTS OF CENTRAL NEW ZEALAND. POSSIBLE SEVERE GALE SOUTHEASTERLIES FOR GISBORNE, NORTH ISLAND WEST OF MAIN RANGES SOUTH OF AUCKLAND,ALSO MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS.

A deep subtropical low approaching from the north is expected to lie near Cape Reinga Tuesday night, then move southeast to lie near East Cape by midnight Wednesday. This low and associated fronts are forecast to bring rain and gale southeasterlies to northern and central New Zealand.

A Warning is now in force for heavy rain for eastern Northland, Coromandel Peninsula and Gisborne, and for severe gale southeasterlies in Northland, Auckland and Coromandel Peninsula.

This Watch is for the possibility of rainfall accumulations reaching warning criteria in northern Auckland Tuesday afternoon and evening, western Bay of Plenty Tuesday afternoon to early Wednesday, and Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa and eastern Marlborough (including the Sounds) late Tuesday and Wednesday.

In addition, southeasterlies may rise to severe gale for a time late Tuesday and early Wednesday in Gisborne, North Island areas west of the main ranges south of Auckland (from Waikato to Wellington including the central high country) and about the Marlborough Sounds.

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

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Monday 23 September 2013 Forecast prepared by: Sarah Garlick Forecast checked by: Heath Gullery

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR AUCKLAND, WAIKATO, WAITOMO, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, TAUMARUNUI, TAUPO, TAIHAPE, GISBORNE, TARANAKI, WANGANUI, MANAWATU, WELLINGTON, MARLBOROUGH ISSUED BY METSERVICE 23-Sep-2013

SIGNIFICANT SUB TROPICAL LOW AFFECTS NORTH ISLAND.
HEAVY RAIN FOR NORTHERN AUCKLAND, WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY, ALSO EASTERN PARTS OF CENTRAL NEW ZEALAND. POSSIBLE SEVERE GALE SOUTHEASTERLIES FOR GISBORNE, NORTH ISLAND WEST OF MAIN RANGES SOUTH OF AUCKLAND,ALSO MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS.

A deep subtropical low approaching from the north is expected to lie near Cape Reinga Tuesday night, then move southeast to lie near East Cape by midnight Wednesday. This low and associated fronts are forecast to bring rain and gale southeasterlies to northern and central New Zealand.

A Warning is now in force for heavy rain for eastern Northland, Coromandel Peninsula and Gisborne, and for severe gale southeasterlies in Northland, Auckland and Coromandel Peninsula.

This Watch is for the possibility of rainfall accumulations reaching warning criteria in northern Auckland Tuesday afternoon and evening, western Bay of Plenty Tuesday afternoon to early Wednesday, and Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa and eastern Marlborough (including the Sounds) late Tuesday and Wednesday.

In addition, southeasterlies may rise to severe gale for a time late Tuesday and early Wednesday in Gisborne, North Island areas west of the main ranges south of Auckland (from Waikato to Wellington including the central high country) and about the Marlborough Sounds.

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

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Monday 23 September 2013 Forecast prepared by: Sarah Garlick Forecast checked by: Heath Gullery


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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, WAIKATO, WAITOMO, TAUMARUNUI, TAUPO, TAIHAPE, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, BULLER, WESTLAND ISSUED BY METSERVICE 21-Sep-2013

HEAVY RAIN FOR MANY PARTS OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW ZEALAND THIS WEEKEND.

A moist northerly flow is bringing rain to many parts of northern and central New Zealand this weekend. An active trough in this flow should cross New Zealand tonight and during Sunday. This trough will bring some intense falls and thunderstorms.

A heavy rain warning is in force for Taranaki, the Tararua Range, Nelson, Richmond Range and the Marlborough Sounds.

In the ranges of Buller and Westland, rain is expected to become heavy again overnight tonight, then ease Sunday night.

For the upper North Island, rain is expected to become heavy and thundery for a time overnight tonight and during Sunday morning, and continue in Bay of Plenty during Sunday afternoon. This is for forecast areas Northland, Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato, Waitomo,Taumarunui, Taupo, Taihape and Bay of Plenty.

This watch is for the possibility rainfall totals may approach warning levels in these areas.

People, especially trampers, are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts as parts of this Watch may be upgraded to a warning.

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am Sunday 22 September 2013 Forecast prepared by: Sarah Garlick Forecast checked by: Bill Singh

For further information after 9pm contact Duty Forecaster Hordur Thordarson or Bill Singh

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, BULLER, WESTLAND ISSUED BY METSERVICE 21-Sep-2013

HEAVY RAIN FOR MANY PARTS OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW ZEALAND THIS WEEKEND.

A moist northerly flow is bringing rain to many parts of northern and central New Zealand this weekend. An active trough in this flow should cross New Zealand during Saturday night and Sunday morning. 
This trough will bring some intense falls and thunderstorms.

A heavy rain warning is now in place for all of Taranaki, Nelson, Richmond Ranges, Marlborough Sounds, and the Tararua Range.

In the ranges of Buller and Westland, rain is expected to be heavy at times from Saturday afternoon through to Sunday afternoon. Also rain is expected to be heavy in the eastern Bay of Plenty during Sunday morning and afternoon in a moist northerly flow.

This watch is for the possibility rainfall totals may approach warning levels in these areas. People, especially trampers, are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts as parts of this Watch may be upgraded to a warning.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Saturday Forecast prepared by: Oliver Druce Forecast checked by: Heath Gullery


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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, TARANAKI, WAIRARAPA, WELLINGTON, NELSON, BULLER, WESTLAND, FIORDLAND ISSUED BY METSERVICE 19-Sep-2013

BURSTS OF HEAVY RAIN FOR THE NORTH AND WEST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND, ALSO EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY, MT TARANAKI AND THE TARARUA RANGE OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

A moist north to northwest flow covers much of the country, with a series of embedded troughs bringing bursts of heavy rain to many places over the next few days.

In the ranges of Buller, Nelson, Westland and also Fiordland north of Doubtful Sound, rain is expected to be heavy for a time tonight,then again during Friday afternoon or evening with thunderstorms from Westland to northwest Nelson. 
The Watch for these areas will be maintained as rainfall may approach warning criteria at times during the next few days.

Rain is expected to be heavy for a time tonight about Mt Taranaki, although the heaviest falls are expected to remain locallised to the Mountain, a Watch will be maintained.

Rain is expected to become heavier about the eastern Bay of Plenty Ranges tonight, with some heavy falls expected until early Saturday morning.
In addition, rain is expected to become heavy for a time about the Tararua Range during Friday evening and Saturday morning, with isolated thunderstorms possible.
A Watch will also be maintained for these areas in case rain accumulations approach warning amounts.

Rain should continue into Sunday in many areas, with heavy falls likely. People, especially trampers, are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts as parts of this Watch may be upgraded to a Warning.

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am Friday 20th September Forecast prepared by: Leigh Matheson Forecast checked by: Paul Mallinson

For further information after 9pm Thursday 19th September contact Duty Forecaster Paul Mallinson or Peter Little

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR WESTLAND, FIORDLAND, BULLER, NELSON,TARANAKI, WELLINGTON, WAIRARAPA, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA ISSUED BY METSERVICE 18-Sep-2013

BURSTS OF HEAVY RAIN FOR NORTHERN AND WESTERN PARTS OF THE SOUTH ISLAND, ALSO MT TARANAKI, THE TARARUA RANGE AND EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY RANGES FROM LATE THURSDAY INTO SATURDAY A moist north to northwest flow is expected to spread over the country tomorrow (Thursday), with a series of embedded troughs which are expected pass over the country over the next few days.

Rain is expected to develop about western and northern parts of the South Island and Mt Taranaki during Thursday afternoon or evening, with some heavy falls likely. This rain then spreads over the central and lower North Island during Thursday night.

This Watch is for the possibility of rainfall accumulations approaching warning criteria about Mt Taranaki, the Tararua Range,the Nelson and Buller Ranges, Westland and northern Fiordland (north of Doubtful Sound) from Thursday evening through to Friday evening, also for the eastern Bay of Plenty Ranges from early Friday to early Saturday.

Further bursts of heavy rain are possible in these areas during Saturday and early Sunday.

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts, as parts of this Watch may be upgraded to a Warning.

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am Thursday 19 September Forecast prepared by: Leigh Matheson Forecast checked by: Heath Gullery

For further information after 9pm Wednesday 18 September contact Duty Forecaster Heath Gullery or Peter Little

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR WAITOMO, WAIKATO, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, MARLBOROUGH, NELSON, WESTLAND ISSUED BY METSERVICE 10-Sep-2013

POSSIBLE SEVERE NORTHWEST GALES FOR WESTLAND, NELSON AND MARLBOROUGH TODAY AND WEDNESDAY. BURST OF HEAVY RAIN FOR WAITOMO, WAIKATO AND EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY DURING THURSDAY.

An active front is expected to move onto the South Island today, reach the lower North Island Wednesday night, then clear the upper North Island overnight Thursday. This front is preceded by a very strong northwest flow, with heavy rain about western parts of both islands, spreading east over the Otago and Canterbury Headwaters during today and Wednesday.

A Warning is in force for heavy rain about Fiordland, Westland, Buller, Nelson Lakes, the Tasman Mountains, the Otago and Canterbury Lakes and Headwaters, and also for the Tararua Range, Mount Taranaki and the central North Island high country.

A Warning is also in force for severe northwest gales about Fiordland, Southland, Otago, Canterbury, northern and eastern parts of Marlborough, Wellington, Wairarapa, Hawkes Bay and Gisborne.

This Watch is for the possibility that rainfall accumulations may approach warning amounts about Waitomo, Waikato and eastern parts of the Bay of Plenty during Thursday.

A Watch is also in force for the possibility that northwest gales could reach severe gale about Westland for a time this evening, and about Nelson and the remainder of Marlborough from tonight until Wednesday evening.

People in these areas are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts in the event that part of this Watch is upgraded to a warning.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Tuesday 10 September 2013 Forecast prepared by: Sarah Garlick Forecast checked by: Allister Gorman

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR WESTLAND, WELLINGTON, WAIRARAPA, MANAWATU, TAUMARUNUI, TAIHAPE, TAUPO, HAWKES BAY, TARANAKI, MARLBOROUGH, NELSON, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA ISSUED BY METSERVICE 09-Sep-2013

 

HEAVY RAIN AND DAMAGING NORTHWEST WINDS OVER MUCH OF THE COUNTRY FROM TUESDAY TO THURSDAY

 

An active front is expected to approach the South Island on Tuesday, then move slowly northeast to reach the lower North Island late Wednesday and the upper North Island late Thursday. This front is preceded by a very strong northwest flow, with heavy rain about western parts of both islands, spreading east over the Otago and Canterbury Headwaters during Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

A severe weather warning is now in force for heavy rain about Fiordland, Westland, Buller, Nelson Lakes, the Tasman Mountains, the Otago Lakes and Canterbury Lakes and Headwaters.
A severe weather warning is also in force for severe northwest gales about Fiordland, Southland, Otago, Canterbury, northern and eastern parts of Marlborough, Wellington and the Wairarapa.

 

This Watch is for the possibility that rainfall accumulations will approach warning amounts about Mt Taranaki, the Tararua Range and the central North Island high country from Wednesday evening until Thursday morning, and about eastern parts of the Bay of Plenty from Thursday morning until Friday morning.

 

This Watch is also for the possibility that northwest gales could reach severe gale about Westland during Tuesday evening, Nelson and the remainder of Marlborough from Tuesday night until Wednesday evening, and the Hawkes Bay during Thursday morning.

 

People in these areas are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts in the event that part of this Watch is upgraded to a warning.

  

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Monday 9 September Forecast prepared by: Leigh Matheson Forecast checked by: Erick Brenstrum

 

For further information after 2pm Monday 9 September contact Duty Forecaster Sarah Garlick

 

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA ISSUED BY METSERVICE 22-Aug-2013

BURST OF HEAVY RAIN FOR BAY OF PLENTY TODAY (THURSDAY)


A front is moving eastwards across central and eastern parts of the North Island today, bringing rain. The heaviest falls are expected about the Bay of Plenty east of Te Puke until evening.
This watch is for the possibility that rainfall accumulations could approach warning amounts about the Bay of Plenty east of Te Puke this morning and afternoon (Thursday).

Rain has eased about the South Island and western parts of the North Island, so the Watch for Westland, Nelson and Mount Taranaki has now been lifted.

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

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Thursday 22 August Forecast prepared by: Leigh Matheson Forecast checked by: Heath Gullery

For further information after 2pm Thursday 22 August contact Duty Forecaster Rochelle Fleming

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, TARANAKI, NELSON, WESTLAND ISSUED BY METSERVICE 21-Aug-2013

BURST OF HEAVY RAIN FOR NELSON, WESTLAND, BAY OF PLENTY AND MT TARANAKI.

An active trough is expected to cross the country from the west overnight Wednesday and during Thursday, with rain likely in many places. The heaviest falls expected about western and northern parts of both islands.

A Warning is in force for the ranges of northwest Nelson. This Watch is for the possibility that accumulations could approach warning criteria in other parts of Nelson overnight Wednesday and Thursday morning. The rain is expected to ease during Thursday morning.

Rain is expected to continue in Westland until early Thursday morning.
This Watch is for the possibility that rainfall accumulations could approach warning criteria about the ranges south of Otira.

In Bay of Plenty, rain is expected to become heavier overnight, and may approach warning criteria in some places, so a Watch will be maintained. The rain should ease in western Bay of Plenty during Thursday morning and eastern Bay of Plenty Thursday afternoon.

The Watch will also be maintained for Mt Taranaki, where a brief burst of heavy rain is expected overnight. The heaviest falls are expected about higher slopes and should ease around dawn.

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

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am Thursday August 22nd Forecast prepared by: Rochelle Fleming Forecast checked by: Paul Mallinson


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, TARANAKI, NELSON, WESTLAND ISSUED BY METSERVICE 21-Aug-2013

BURST OF HEAVY RAIN FOR WESTLAND, NELSON, BAY OF PLENTY AND MOUNT TARANAKI.

A front, preceded by a strong moist northerly flow, is forecast to cross the South Island overnight tonight, then the North Island during Thursday. This front is expected to bring rain to most of the country, with the heaviest falls expected about western and northern parts of both islands.

A heavy rain warning has been issued for the Northwest Nelson Ranges for this evening and early Thursday morning.

This Watch covers the possibility that rainfall accumulations could approach warning criteria about remaining parts of Nelson, Mount Taranaki and the Westland Ranges south of Otira from this evening through to Thursday morning.

This watch also covers the possibility that rainfall accumulations could approach warning criteria about Bay of Plenty from overnight tonight through to early Thursday evening.

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

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Wednesday 21 August Forecast prepared by: Leigh Matheson Forecast checked by: Chris Noble

For further information after 2pm Wednesday 21 August contact Duty Forecaster Rochelle Fleming

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, TARANAKI, NELSON, WESTLAND ISSUED BY METSERVICE 20-Aug-2013

BURST OF HEAVY RAIN FOR WESTLAND, NELSON, BAY OF PLENTY AND MOUNT TARANAKI LATE WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY.

A front preceded by a strong moist north to northeast flow is forecast to cross the South Island overnight Wednesday and early Thursday, then clear the North Island by the end of Thursday. The front is expected to bring rain to most of the country, with the heaviest falls likely in the north and west of the South Island and the upper North Island.

This Watch covers the possibility of rainfall accumulations reaching warning criteria in the ranges of Nelson and Westland (south of about
Otira) from Wednesday evening through to Thursday morning, and about Mount Taranaki and the Bay of Plenty (mainly west of Whakatane)during Thursday.

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

This Watch will be reviewed by 9am Wednesday 21 August Forecast prepared by: Leigh Matheson Forecast checked by: Andy Downs

For further information after 9pm Tuesday 20 August contact Duty Forecaster Andy Downs or Allister Gorman

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, NELSON, WESTLAND ISSUED BY METSERVICE 20-Aug-2013

BURST OF HEAVY RAIN FOR WESTLAND, NELSON AND BAY OF PLENTY LATE WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY.

A front preceded by a strong moist north to northeast flow is forecast to cross the South Island overnight Wednesday and early Thursday, then clear the North Island by the end of Thursday. The front is expected to bring rain to most of the country, with the heaviest falls likely in the north and west of the South Island and the upper North Island.

This Watch covers the possibility of rainfall accumulations reaching warning criteria in the ranges of Nelson and Westland south of about Otira from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning and in the ranges of Bay of Plenty during Thursday.

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

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Tuesday 20 August 2013 Forecast prepared by: Sarah Garlick Forecast checked by: Chris Noble

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, MARLBOROUGH ISSUED BY METSERVICE 17-Aug-2013

 

BURST OF HEAVY RAIN FOR COROMANDEL PENINSULA AND WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY TONIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING. PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN FOR THE KAIKOURA RANGES SUNDAY AND MONDAY.

 

A low over the Tasman Sea is expected to cross Auckland overnight tonight (Saturday). A burst of heavy thundery rain is likely to affect the Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty west of about Te Puke from tonight through Sunday morning and rainfall accumulations may approach warning levels.

 

In addition, heavy rain in the eastern hills of Marlborough and about the Kaikoura ranges has eased, and the Warning is now lifted.
However, rain is expected to become heavy again about the Kaikoura ranges around midday Sunday and is expected to continue through until midday Monday. This Watch now covers the possibility of rainfall accumulations approaching warning criteria in this area.

 

People in this area should watch out for slips and surface flooding and stay up to date with the latest forecasts in case this watch is upgraded to a full warning.

 

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am Sunday 18 August 2013 Forecast prepared by: Sarah Garlick Forecast checked by: Hordur Thordarson

 

For further information after 9pm contact Duty Forecaster Hordur Thordarson or Bill Singh

 

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA ISSUED BY METSERVICE 16-Aug-2013

HEAVY RAIN FOR NORTHERN NEW ZEALAND TODAY AND EARLY SATURDAY.

A low is deepening west of the North Island today (Friday), directing a moist north to northeast flow over the North Island. An associated front is expected to move across northern New Zealand this afternoon and evening, with a brief period of heavy rain and squally thunderstorms.

This Watch is for Bay of Plenty, where localised heavy falls with the front could approach the short duration warning criteria (50mm or more in 6 hours) from this evening until early Saturday morning. The front is expected to lie over western Bay of Plenty at midnight tonight then should move east to clear the area by dawn Saturday.

The watch for heavy rain over the Kaikoura Ranges and eastern Marlborough has been upgraded to a full warning.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Friday 16 August


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, MARLBOROUGH ISSUED BY METSERVICE 16-Aug-2013

 

BRIEF HEAVY RAIN FOR NORTHERN NEW ZEALAND TODAY AND EARLY SATURDAY.
RAIN BECOMING HEAVY ABOUT THE KAIKOURA RANGES SATURDAY.

 

A low is deepening west of the North Island today (Friday), directing a moist north to northeast flow over the North Island. An associated front is expected to move across northern New Zealand this afternoon and evening, with a brief period of heavy rain and possible squally thunderstorms for Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Coromandel and Bay of Plenty.  Localised surface flooding and hazardous driving conditions are possible for a time.

 

This Watch is for Bay of Plenty, where localised heavy falls with the front could approach the short duration warning criteria (50mm or more in 6 hours) from this evening until early Saturday morning. The front is expected to lie over western Bay of Plenty at midnight tonight then should move east to clear the area by dawn Saturday.

 

An easterly flow is expected to develop over central New Zealand overnight, with rain becoming persistent and heavier in Marlborough during Saturday. This Watch is for the Kaikoura Ranges, where accumulations could approach warning criteria (100mm or more in 24
hours) during Saturday and through into Sunday morning. The rain should ease on Sunday.

 

Rain in Fiordland is easing and the Watch is lifted there.

 

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

 

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Friday August 16th Forecast prepared by: Rochelle Fleming Forecast checked by: Andy Downs

  

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, GISBORNE, HAWKES BAY ISSUED BY METSERVICE 10-Aug-2013

 SUB-TROPICAL LOW TO BRING HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG WINDS TO BAY OF PLENTY, GISBORNE AND HAWKES BAY

A deep sub-tropical low is expected to lie northeast of East Cape at midnight tonight and move further south on Sunday. A strong southeast flow is spreading onto the North Island today, then will turn southwest on Sunday.

A heavy rain warning is in place for Gisborne north of Gisborne city.

This watch is for possible heavy falls for the remainder of Gisborne and northern Hawkes Bay. That is the area between Napier and Gisborne city.  Rain is expected to spread to these areas this morning, then continue today and tonight, before easing during Sunday morning.

Rainfall totals in these regions may come close to warning thresholds ( e.g. 70mm in 12 hours).

Additionally, this Watch also covers a risk of severe gales in eastern parts of Bay of Plenty from Saturday afternoon or evening until early Sunday morning. Gusts in the lee of the ranges may reach 100km/h in exposed places.

Rainfalls in the Coromandel Peninsula should remain well below warning levels and the watch for heavy rain in this area is lifted.

People in these areas are advised to keep up to date with forecasts as this event unfolds in case further Warnings become necessary.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Saturday Forecast prepared by: Oliver Druce Forecast checked by: Gerard Barrow

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SUB-TROPICAL LOW TO BRING HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG WIND TO PARTS OF THE NORTH ISLAND THIS WEEKEND, ESPECIALLY IN THE NORTH AND EAST.

 

A deep sub-tropical low is expected to move southeast to the north of the country on Saturday and then south to the east of the North Island on Sunday.

 

An associated rainband and belt of strong southeast winds are expected to spread down over the North Island during Saturday and early Sunday. Bursts of heavy rain are possible in places exposed to the east, while strong gusty winds will be felt in many places - especially in the northeast of the Island where coastal gales are expected.

 

The heaviest rain and largest accumulations are likely in Gisborne north of Gisborne City where a warning is now in force. This Watch is for a period of heavy rain in Coromandel Peninsula, and about southern Gisborne and northern Hawkes Bay between Gisborne City and Napier. In these areas, rainfall accumulations may approach short duration thresholds (eg 70mm in 12 hours) during Saturday for Coromandel, and late Saturday into Sunday for southern Gisborne and northern Hawkes Bay.

 

Additionally, this Watch also covers a risk of severe gales in eastern parts of Bay of Plenty from Saturday afternoon or evening until early Sunday morning. Gusts in the lee of the ranges may exceed 100km/h in exposed places and could become severe.

 

People in these areas are advised to keep up to date with forecasts as this event unfolds in case further Warnings become necessary.

 

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am Saturday 10th August Forecast prepared by: Hordur Thordarson Forecast checked by: Andy Downs

 

For further information after 9pm contact Duty Forecaster Andy Downs

 

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, GISBORNE, HAWKES BAY ISSUED BY METSERVICE 09-Aug-2013

 

SUB-TROPICAL LOW TO BRING HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG WIND TO PARTS OF THE NORTH ISLAND THIS WEEKEND, ESPECIALLY IN THE NORTH AND EAST.

 

A sub-tropical low developing north of the country is expected to deepen from later today and into Saturday as it tracks southeast.The most likely track of this low is to the northeast of the North Island, passing well offshore from East Cape on Sunday morning, to lie east of the North Island by Sunday night.

 

An associated rainband and belt of strong east to southeast winds are expected to spread down over the North Island during Saturday and early Sunday. Bursts of heavy rain are possible in places exposed to the east, while strong gusty winds will be felt in many places - especially in the northeast of the Island where coastal gales are expected.

 

The heaviest rain and largest accumulations are likely in the Gisborne ranges north of Gisborne City where a warning is now in force. This Watch is for a period of heavy rain in Coromandel Peninsula, and about the ranges of southern Gisborne and northern Hawkes Bay between about Gisborne City and Napier. In these areas, rainfall accumulations may approach short duration thresholds (eg 70mm in 12 hours) during Saturday for Coromandel, and late Saturday into Sunday for southern Gisborne and northern Hawkes Bay.

 

Additionally, this Watch also covers a risk of severe gales in eastern parts of Bay of Plenty from Saturday afternoon or evening until early Sunday morning. Gusts in the lee of the ranges may exceed 100km/h in exposed places and could become severe.

 

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

 

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Friday 9th August, 2013 Forecast prepared by: Chris Noble Forecast checked by: Heath Gullery

 

For further information after 2pm contact Duty Forecaster Hordur Thordarson

 

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HEAVY RAIN FOR THE NORTHEAST OF THE NORTH ISLAND TODAY AND SUNDAY. STRONG SOUTHEAST WINDS IN THE EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY THIS MORNING AND EARLY AFTERNOON.

A large low should remain slow moving over the north of the country during Saturday, then drift slowly eastwards on Sunday. The low is expected to direct a moist east to southeast flow over the North Island, bringing rain to eastern regions with some heavy falls in the ranges.

The heaviest rain is expected in the ranges of Gisborne north of the City where a heavy rain warning is current.

In the remaining area of Gisborne south of the City, rain accumulations could also approach warning criteria and a Watch for heavy rain will be maintained.

Additionally, this Watch covers the possibility that strong southeasterlies in the Bay of Plenty east of Whakatane could approach severe gale strength in exposed places from this morning until early afternoon.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Saturday 3 August 2013

 


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

ISSUED BY METSERVICE 02-Aug-2013

BURSTS OF HEAVY RAIN AND EASTERLY GALES FOR NORTHERN NEW ZEALAND

A large low pressure system is expected to remain slow moving over the north of the country during Saturday, and direct a strong moist easterly flow onto the north and east of the North Island.

A heavy rain warning is current for the Coromandel Peninsula and the ranges of Gisborne north of Tolago Bay.

This Watch is for possible heavy rain in Auckland north of Orewa and the western Bay of Plenty overnight Friday and for the ranges of Gisborne from Tolaga Bay southwards during Saturday. Rain accumulations in these areas may approach warning amounts, and a Watch will be maintained.

In addition, this Watch is for the possibility of severe easterly gales at times for exposed parts of Northland Friday night, in exposed parts of Waikato Friday night and during Saturday,(mainly in the east of the district), and in the Bay of Plenty east of Whakatane during Saturday.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9am Saturday 3 August 2013

 


A low over the north Tasman Sea is expected to approach the country during Friday then move onto northern New Zealand on Saturday. Rain in a strong northeasterly flow is expected to be heavy for a time about northern and eastern regions of the North Island and upper South Island, while a period of northeast gales are likely over the North Island.

Warnings and Watches have already been issued with respect to the weather associated with the approaching low. More details about these can be found at: http://www.metservice.com/warnings/home

In Northland and Auckland on Saturday, any heavy rain is likely to ease but there remains a residual low risk of significant heavy rain in these regions during the morning. For the Coromandel Peninsula, western Bay of Plenty,Gisborne and Hawkes Bay north of about Hastings there is moderate confidence that heavy rain will reach warning amounts on Saturday and Sunday. For Hawkes Bay south of Hastings, Wairarapa, eastern areas of Marlborough and also Nelson,there is low confidence that rainfall accumulations could reach warning levels from Saturday to Sunday.

Additionally, there is low confidence on Saturday that east to northeast gales could reach severe gale in exposed places of the North Island from Auckland down to the Manawatu, mainly about and west of the main ranges.

The low should move away to the east on Monday, followed by a disturbed westerly flow. Then on Tuesday the wind flow is expected to turn northwest over New Zealand with showers turning to rain on the South Island West Coast.

 


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, TAUMARUNUI, TAUPO, TAIHAPE, GISBORNE, HAWKES BAY, WAIRARAPA, TARANAKI,

WANGANUI, MANAWATU, NELSON, CANTERBURY, SOUTHLAND ISSUED BY METSERVICE 14-Jul-2013

COLD SOUTHERLY GALES FOR MOST OF THE NORTH ISLAND. SNOW ABOUT THE NORTH ISLAND RANGES AND TO LOW LEVELS IN PARTS OF THE SOUTH ISLAND.

A very strong, cold southerly flow covers New Zealand, with gales over many parts of the North Island and northern South Island. Warnings for SEVERE gales are in force for Marlborough, Wellington, Wairarapa, Wanganui and Taranaki. This watch is for the possibility of severe gales over exposed parts of Nelson (especially the Lakes and higher ground), coastal Gisborne and Hawkes Bay, Kapiti, the North Island central high country, eastern Bay of Plenty, Auckland and Northland. Winds in all these areas should ease overnight Sunday, but still remain fairly strong on Monday.

Snow is expected to low levels in the south and east of the South Island and a Warning is in force for Canterbury north of the Rakaia River and the Kaikoura Ranges. This Watch is for the central North Island high country, also the hills and ranges of Wairarapa, the Ruahine Range and the Huiarau Range, where snow is expected to become heavy for a time, and may approach warning criteria above 500 metres through into Monday. Snowfall amounts in Southland are unlikely to reach warning amounts, however a watch will be maintained for the time being as further snow showers are expected above 200 metres until tonight.

A Watch for heavy rain for southern Gisborne over the hills south of Gisborne City will also be maintained, as further rain is forecast through to early Monday and accumulations may approach warning criteria.

People in these areas are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts in case further warnings are issued.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Sunday


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, TAUMARUNUI, TAUPO, TAIHAPE, GISBORNE, HAWKES BAY, WAIRARAPA, TARANAKI,

WANGANUI, MANAWATU, NELSON, CANTERBURY, SOUTHLAND ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 0912hrs 14-Jul-2013

COLD SOUTHERLY GALES FOR MOST OF THE NORTH ISLAND. SNOW ABOUT NORTH ISLAND RANGES AND TO LOW LEVELS IN THE SOUTH ISLAND. MORE RAIN FOR NORTHERN HAWKES BAY AND SOUTHERN GISBORNE.

A low east of Gisborne is moving away to the east and a strong, cold southerly flow is spreading over New Zealand.

Heavy rain has eased in Gisborne and the warning is lifted. However, a Watch will be maintained for the hills south of Gisborne city, as periods of rain are forecast to continue through today and early Monday and accumulations may approach warning criteria. Note, a Warning is in force for heavy rain in northern Hawkes Bay.

Snow is expected to low levels in the south and east of the South Island and a Warning is now in force for Canterbury north of the Rakaia River and the Kaikoura Ranges. This Watch is for the central North Island high country, the Ruahine Range and also the Huiarau Range, where snow is expected to become heavy, and may approach warning criteria above 600 metres from this afternoon through to early Monday morning. The Watch for Southland will be maintained for now as snow showers above 200 metres are expected to continue through much of today and accumulations above 400 metres may approach warning amounts in some places.

In addition, gale southerlies may reach severe gale over central New Zealand this afternoon and evening, and a Warning is in force for Wellington and Marlborough. This Watch also covers the possibility of severe gale southerlies in Nelson (especially the Lakes and higher ground), Wairarapa, coastal Gisborne and Hawkes Bay, Kapiti, Wanganui, Taranaki, the North Island central high country and the hills and ranges of eastern Bay of Plenty. South to southwest gales are also expected in Northland and Auckland this evening, and these areas are now also included in the Watch as there is the possibility of severe gales in exposed places, before easing overnight.

People in these areas are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts in case further watches or warnings are issued.

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

 

SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, TAUMARUNUI, TAUPO, TAIHAPE, GISBORNE, HAWKES BAY, WAIRARAPA, TARANAKI, WANGANUI,MANAWATU, MARLBOROUGH, CANTERBURY, SOUTHLAND ISSUED BY METSERVICE 13-Jul-2013

 

HEAVY RAIN FOR HAWKES BAY. HEAVY SNOW FOR SOUTHLAND, CANTERBURY FOOTHILLS AND CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND HIGH COUNTRY SUNDAY AND MONDAY.
GALE SOUTHERLIES FOR SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND SUNDAY.

 

A deepening low northeast of Gisborne is expected to move towards the North Island overnight, before moving away to the southeast Sunday afternoon. A strong cold southerly flow should spread over the country during Sunday.

 

Moist easterlies are bringing rain to Gisborne and Hawkes Bay, and a Warning for heavy rain remains in force for Gisborne until the early hours of Sunday. In Hawkes Bay, rain is expected to become heavier overnight as the flow turns southwest. 

 

This Watch is for the possibility that rainfall accumulations may come close to warning criteria in Hawkes Bay, especially in the hills north of Wairoa, tonight and through Sunday.

 

In addition, as the low deepens east of East Cape, southwest gales are likely to affect Gisborne, and this Watch is for the possibility that these gales could be severe for a time overnight Saturday and through Sunday, especially about the coast.

 

The cold southerly flow on Sunday should bring snow to low levels in the south and east, and gale southerlies to central New Zealand.

 

This Watch covers the possibility that snow accumulations may reach warning criteria above 400 metres in Southland during Sunday, also in the Canterbury foothills north of the Rakaia River and the southern Kaikoura ranges from Sunday morning through into Monday. For the central North Island high country and the Ruahine Range, snow is expected to become heavy Sunday afternoon and this Watch also covers the possibility of snow amounts reaching warning criteria above 700 metres Sunday afternoon though to early Monday morning.

 

In addition, gale southerlies may reach severe gale over central New Zealand during Sunday.  A Warning is now in force for severe gale southerlies in Marlborough and Wellington.  This Watch also covers the possibility of severe gale southerlies in Wairarapa, Kapiti, Wanganui, Taranaki, the North Island central high country and the hills and ranges of eastern Bay of Plenty during Sunday.

 

People in these areas are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts in case further watches or warnings are issued.

 

This Watch will be reviewed by 9am Sunday 14 July 2013 Forecast prepared by: Erick Brenstrum Forecast checked by: Hordur Thordarson

 

For further information after 9pm contact Duty Forecaster Hordur Thordarson

 

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A low is expected to remain slow moving over the upper North Island today (Thursday) and Friday directing a moist easterly flow over central and southern parts of the North Island. Periods of heavy rain are likely for eastern parts of the North Island, and also about Coromandel Peninsula, western Bay of Plenty and eastern Marlborough over the next few days. 

A heavy rain warning is in force for the area between Wairoa and Dannevirke, including the central ranges east of Waiouru. 

A and of heavy rain currently affecting Hawkes Bay and the Tararua District is expected to move southwards to affect Wairarapa and eastern parts of Wellington tonight and Friday, then over the Marlborough Sounds and the Kaikoura Coast tomorrow (Friday) before weakening Saturday.

Further periods of heavy rain are expected about Coromandel Peninsula, western Bay of Plenty and East Cape today and Friday, before easing early Saturday.

In addition, another band of heavy rain is expected to affect Gisborne and Hawkes Bay during Saturday.

This Watch covers the possibility that rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria (greater than 100mm in 24 hours) in these areas.

 In addition, gale southeasterlies are expected to affect Taranaki today (Thursday), with the possibility that gusts could reach severe gale for a time before easing tonight.

Severe gale gusts are no longer expected about Manawatu and the Kapiti Coast and the watch has been lifted for these areas.

 People in these areas are advised to stay up to date with latest forecasts in case part of this watch is upgraded to a warning.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Thursday 11 July Forecast prepared by: Leigh Matheson Forecast checked by: Gerard Barrow

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, TAUPO, TARANAKI, WANGANUI, WELLINGTON, WAIRARAPA ISSUED BY METSERVICE 20-Jun-2013

 BURST OF HEAVY RAIN IN PARTS OF THE LOWER NORTH ISLAND OVERNIGHT THURSDAY TO FRIDAY. SEVERE SOUTHWEST GALES POSSIBLE IN BAY OF PLENTY AND TAUPO ON FRIDAY.

A very strong cold southerly flow covers southern and central New Zealand and is forecast to spread over the North Island overnight tonight (Thursday).

This cold outbreak has brought heavy snow to inland parts of the South Island in the east and south, and snow warnings remain in force for parts of Marlborough and Canterbury above 300 metres. The Watch for heavy snow about the Central Plateau has now been upgraded to a warning.

Warnings are also in place for severe gales in the west of the South Island, around central New Zealand and over the upper North Island.

These warnings now include southern Wairarapa, Wanganui, Taranaki and Coromandel Peninsula overnight tonight (Thursday) to Friday morning.

For northern Wairarapa also Taupo and Bay of Plenty, a Watch is maintained for the possibility of severe southwest gales overnight tonight and during Friday.

Additionally, a Watch is also maintained for a burst of rain over the lower North Island overnight tonight and into Friday. In particular, rain is likely to be heavy for a time in Wellington and southern Wairarapa, also about southern Taranaki and inland parts of Wanganui where accumulations may approach warning criteria (50mm in 6 hours,or 100mm in 24 hours).

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

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am Friday 21st June, 2013 Forecast prepared by: Chris Noble Forecast checked by: Heath Gullery

For further information after 9pm contact Duty Forecaster Heath Gullery

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR FIORDLAND, OTAGO, TAIHAPE, TAUMARUNUI, TAUPO, WAIRARAPA, TARANAKI, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, WELLINGTON ISSUED BY METSERVICE 20-Jun-2013

 

HEAVY SNOW FOR THE SOUTH OF THE SOUTH ISLAND AND CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND.

SEVERE GALES POSSIBLE OVER THE NORTH ISLAND. BURST OF HEAVY RAIN FOR TARANAKI, WELLINGTON AND SOUTHERN WAIRARAPA.

 

A strong cold southerly flow over the South Island is expected to spread over the North Island tonight and during Friday.

 

Very cold temperatures are affecting southern and eastern parts of the South Island with snow to low levels. Significant snowfall accumulations above 300 metres are expected about Southland, central and eastern Otago, Canterbury and southern Marlborough and warnings are in place for all these areas.

 

Snow is falling in southern Fiordland and North Otago, and this watch is for the possibility of heavy snow above 300 metres in these areas until midday today (Thursday).

 

Over the North Island, snow is expected about the central North Island high country above 700 metres from overnight Thursday through to Saturday morning. This Watch is for the possibility that snow may reach warning amounts (10cm in 6 hours, or 25cm in 24 hours) in this area above 800 metres from early Friday morning to Saturday morning.

 

In addition, the southerly flow is expected to become very strong about western and northern parts of the South Island today (Thursday) as a deep low develops east of the country, then spreads over the North Island late Thursday into Friday. During Friday,very strong west to southwesterlies are expected over the North Island.  A warning is in force for severe gale south to southeast winds about Fiordland, Westland, Nelson, northern Marlborough and Wellington, including the Kapiti Coast, and now also includes severe gale westerlies for Northland and Auckland.

 

Additionally, this watch is for the possibility that south to southwest winds may rise to severe gale about Wairarapa from Thursday night to Friday, then Taranaki, Bay of Plenty, Taupo and Coromandel for a time during Friday.

 

As the southerly flow strengthens over the lower half of the North Island tonight (Thursday), rain is expected to become heavy for a time.

This watch also covers the possibility that rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria (50mm in 6 hours, or 100mm in 24 hours) in southern Taranaki, Wellington and southern Wairarapa overnight Thursday and Friday morning.

 People planning outdoor activities in all of these areas are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts in the event that part of this watch becomes a warning.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Thursday 20 June Forecast prepared by: Sarah Garlick Forecast checked by: Oliver Druce

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR FIORDLAND, OTAGO, TAIHAPE, TAUMARUNUI, TAUPO, NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, WAIRARAPA, TARANAKI, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, WELLINGTON ISSUED BY METSERVICE 19-Jun-2013

 

HEAVY SNOW FOR THE SOUTH OF THE SOUTH ISLAND AND CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND.

SEVERE GALES POSSIBLE OVER THE NORTH ISLAND. BURST OF HEAVY RAIN FOR WELLINGTON AND SOUTHERN WAIRARAPA.

 

A strong cold southerly flow is spreading over the South Island tonight, then over the North Island during Thursday.

 

Temperatures are expected to become very cold over southern and eastern parts of the South Island from tonight to Thursday morning, with snow to near sea level. Significant snowfall accumulations are expected about Southland, central and eastern Otago, Canterbury and southern Marlborough above 300 metres where a Warning is in force.

 

Snow is also expected in southern Fiordland and North Otago, and this watch is for the possibility that snow accumulations may approach warning amounts (10cm in 6 hours, or 25cm in 24 hours) above 300 metres in these areas from tonight through to late Thursday morning.

 

Over the North Island, snow is expected about the central North Island high country above 600 metres from overnight Thursday through to Saturday morning. This Watch is for the possibility that snow may reach warning amounts in this area above 700 metres from early Friday morning to Saturday morning.

 

In addition, the southerly flow is expected to become very strong about western and northern parts of the South Island on Thursday as a deep low develops east of the country, then spreads over the North Island later on Thursday into Friday. As the low moves slowly away to the east of the North Island on late Thursday and Friday, very strong west to southwesterlies are expected over the North Island.

A warning is now in force for severe gale south to southeast winds about Fiordland, Westland, Nelson, northern Marlborough and Wellington, including the Kapiti Coast.

 

Additionally, this watch is for the possibility that westerlies may rise to severe gale about Northland and Auckland during Thursday night through to early Friday morning, and that south to southwest winds may rise to severe gale about Wairarapa from late Thursday to Friday, then Taranaki, Bay of Plenty, Taupo and Coromandel for a time during Friday.

 

As the southerly flow strengthens over the lower half of the North Island late Thursday, rain is expected to become heavy for a time.

This watch now covers the possibility that rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria (50mm in 6 hours, or 100mm in 24 hours) in Wellington and southern Wairarapa overnight Thursday and Friday morning.

 

People planning outdoor activities in all of these areas are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts in the event that part of this watch becomes a warning.

 

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am Thursday 20 June Forecast prepared by: Sarah Garlick Forecast checked by: Gerard Barrow

 

For further information after 9pm contact Duty Forecaster Gerard Barrow or Micky Malivuk

 

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR SOUTHLAND, OTAGO, TAIHAPE, TAUMARUNUI, TAUPO, NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, WAIRARAPA, TARANAKI, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, COROMANDEL PENINSULA ISSUED BY METSERVICE 19-Jun-2013

 HEAVY SNOW FOR THE SOUTH OF THE SOUTH ISLAND AND CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND.

SEVERE GALES POSSIBLE OVER THE NORTH ISLAND.

A strong cold southerly flow is expected to spread over the South Island from this evening, then over the North Island during Thursday.

Temperatures are expected to become very cold over southern and eastern parts of the South Island from Wednesday evening to Thursday morning, with snow to near sea level. Significant snowfall accumulations are expected about Canterbury and southern Marlborough above 300 metres where a Warning is in force, and Southland and eastern Otago have now been added to this Warning.

Snow is also expected in southern Fiordland and for the remainder of Otago, especially Central Otago, and this watch is for the possibility that snow accumulations may approach warning amounts (10cm in 6 hours, or 25cm in 24 hours) above 300 metres in these areas.

Over the North Island, snow is expected about the central plateau above 600 metres from overnight Thursday through to Saturday morning.

This watch is for the possibility that snow may reach warning amounts about the North Island central plateau above 700 metres from early Friday morning to Saturday morning.

People should be aware that snowfalls are likely to cause widespread disruption to traffic, especially about alpine passes and higher level roads.  The combination of snow and windchill is likely to put stress on livestock.

In addition, the southerly flow is expected to become very strong about western and northern parts of the South Island on Thursday as a deep low develops east of the country, then spreads over the North Island later on Thursday into Friday.

A warning is now in force for severe gale south to southeast winds about Fiordland, Westland, Nelson, northern Marlborough and Wellington,including the Kapiti Coast.

This watch is for the possibility that westerlies may rise to severe gale about Northland and Auckland during Thursday night through to early Friday morning. This watch is also for the possibility that south to southwest winds may rise to severe gale about Wairarapa from late Thursday to Friday, then Taranaki, Bay of Plenty, Taupo and Coromandel for a time during Friday.

Winds of this strength has the potential to bring down trees and powerlines and make driving dangerous for high sided vehicles and motorcycles.

People in these areas are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts in the event that part of this watch becomes a warning.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Wednesday 19 June Forecast prepared by: Sarah Garlick Forecast checked by: Gerard Barrow

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SPECIAL WEATHER ADVISORY FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, WAIKATO, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, WAITOMO, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, TAUMARUNUI, TAUPO, TAIHAPE, GISBORNE, HAWKES BAY , WAIRARAPA, TARANAKI, WANGANUI, MANAWATU, WELLINGTON, MARLBOROUGH, NELSON, BULLER , WESTLAND, FIORDLAND, CANTERBURY, OTAGO, SOUTHLAND ISSUED BY METSERVICE Monday 17-Jun-2013

SIGNIFICANT COLD OUTBREAK FOR MUCH OF THE COUNTRY LATER THIS WEEK

Forecast  :

Strong cold southerlies are expected to spread north over the South Island during Wednesday night and Thursday morning, then over the North Island during Thursday and Friday.

Temperatures are expected to become very cold over southern and eastern parts of the South Island from Wednesday night to Thursday morning, with snow to near sea level and significant snowfalls about central and northern Canterbury, including Banks Peninsula, and southern Marlborough.

Strong south to southwest winds spread over the North Island during Thursday and Friday, with gales, possibly severe for a time about Wellington and parts of the east coast. Strong cold blustery westerlies are expected from Waikato to Northland, with gale gusts about the Bay of Plenty. Cold rain is expected about southern and eastern parts of the North Island, with snow expected about the central plateau and possibly to lower levels southwards to Wellington.

People should be aware that snowfalls are likely to cause widespread disruption to traffic especially about alpine passes and higher level roads, and more generally in Marlborough, Canterbury, Southland and around Dunedin. Exposed parts of the South Island east coast are likely to experience blizzard conditions for a time during Thursday and Friday, which will put stress on livestock and make outdoor pursuits hazardous.

This is a significant winter storm and warnings will be issued closer to the event. People are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecast and warnings.


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, WESTLAND, MARLBOROUGH, CANTERBURY, OTAGO ISSUED BY METSERVICE 14-Jun-2013

HEAVY RAIN FOR MANY PARTS OF NEW ZEALAND ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY

A large complex low in the Tasman Sea should move slowly towards the South Island during the weekend. A strong moist northeast flow is expected to spread onto New Zealand on Saturday, then turn more easterly over the South Island on Sunday.

Rain is coming for all of New Zealand this weekend. The heaviest falls are likely to be in Nelson and a warning has been issued for this area. This watch covers the possibility of heavy falls in Bay of Plenty, Marlborough, Westland, Canterbury and eastern parts of Otago.

For Bay of Plenty, rain and strong northeasterlies are expected for much of Sunday.

For Westland, rain is expected to develop Saturday morning and be heavy at times from Saturday evening through to Sunday evening.

For Marlborough, rain is expected to begin in northern areas late Saturday, then become widespread and heavy for much of Sunday.

For Canterbury and eastern parts of Otago, scattered rain should begin Saturday afternoon or evening.

During Sunday rain should set in and become moderate to heavy, and persist through much of Monday.

For all of these areas this watch is likely to be upgraded to a warning closer to the event when details of rainfall amounts become clearer.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Friday Forecast prepared by: Oliver Druce Forecast checked by: Gerard Barrow

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PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN FOR GISBORNE AND HAWKES BAY THROUGH TO TUESDAY.

RAIN EASING IN BAY OF PLENTY MONDAY MORNING.

A trough over Bay of Plenty is moving slowly east, but further bursts of heavy rain are possible Sunday night and Monday morning and the Watch will be maintained.

A moist easterly flow is developing over the east coast of the North Island, and a Warning is in force for Gisborne

This Watch is for the possibility that rainfall accumulations could approach warning amounts in Hawkes Bay, especially about the hills and ranges.  Periods of heavy rain are expected to develop during Monday, possibly continuing through much of Tuesday.

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

Note, rain has eased about the Coromandel Peninsula and the Watch is lifted there.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9am Monday June 10th Forecast prepared by: Rochelle Fleming Forecast checked by: Andy Downs

For further information after 8.30pm contact Duty Forecaster Andy Downs

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PERIOD OF HEAVY RAIN FOR COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY AND NORTHERN HAWKES BAY.

A trough of low pressure has moved onto central and northern New Zealand Sunday morning. A frontal rainband embedded in the trough is expected to move over the Coromandel Peninsula this morning and across the Bay of Plenty in the afternoon to become slow moving over Gisborne Sunday night.

A Warning for heavy rain has been issued for Gisborne.

This Watch is for the possibility that heavy rain accumulations could approach warning amounts on the Coromandel Peninsula Sunday morning.

In the Bay of Plenty, heavy rain is expected at times during Sunday and Monday, and accumualtions could also approach warning amounts in areas of the region during this time. Additionally, with the slow moving rainband over Gisborne during Monday, rain could also become heavy in northern Hawkes Bay and accumulations may also approach warning amounts there.

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case any more areas need to be included in this Watch or added to the Warning

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Sunday 9 June 2013 Forecast prepared by: Gerard Barrow

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BURST OF HEAVY RAIN FOR COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY AND GISBORNE DURING SUNDAY

A complex trough is expected to move across central New Zealand overnight Saturday night and Sunday morning, then across northern New Zealand during Sunday. This trough is preceded by a moist north to northeast flow, with a period of rain likely in many areas of New Zealand.

A Warning for heavy rain has been issued for Nelson, Marlborough and also Mount Taranaki.

This Watch is for a period of heavy rain in Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne, where rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria

Rain with heavy falls is expected to develop in Coromandel Peninsula and the western Bay of Plenty early Sunday morning, then gradually spread east to reach Gisborne towards evening. In Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty, rain should ease later Sunday. However, in Gisborne rain may persist into Monday morning.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9am Sunday 9 June 2013 Forecast prepared by: Gerard Barrow

For further information after 9pm contact Duty Forecaster Hordur Thordarson

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, GISBORNE ISSUED BY METSERVICE 08-Jun-2013

BURST OF HEAVY RAIN FOR NELSON AND MOUNT TARANAKI LATER SATURDAY AND EARLY SUNDAY. HEAVY RAIN POSSIBLE IN BAY OF PLENTY AND NORTHERN GISBORNE DURING SUNDAY.

A complex trough is expected to move across central New Zealand Saturday night and Sunday morning, then across northern New Zealand later Sunday. This trough is preceded by a moist northerly flow, with a period of rain likely in many areas of New Zealand.

A Warning for heavy rain has been issued for Nelson and also Mount Taranaki.

This Watch is for a period of heavy rain in Bay of Plenty and Gisborne, from about Tolaga Bay northwards, where rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria.  The rain is expected to develop in western Bay of Plenty during Sunday morning, then gradually spread east to reach northern Gisborne towards evening.  In Bay of Plenty, rain should ease later Sunday.  However, in Gisborne rain may persist into Monday morning.

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case any more areas need to be included in this Watch or added to the Warning.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Saturday June 8th Forecast prepared by: Rochelle Fleming Forecast checked by: John Crouch

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NELSON, MARLBOROUGH, CANTERBURY, WELLINGTON, WAIRARAPA, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, TARANAKI ISSUED BY METSERVICE 04-Jun-2013

 

HEAVY RAIN AND GALES FOR CENTRAL NEW ZEALAND. BURST OF HEAVY RAIN FOR THE UPPER NORTH ISLAND. HEAVY SNOW POSSIBLE FOR NORTH CANTERBURY AND MARLBOROUGH.

 

A front over the upper South Island is expected to move slowly north to reach the lower North Island later today (Tuesday). A low over the Tasman Sea is expected to move east over the upper North Island tonight, with a couple of active rainbands expected to move over northern areas today and Wednesday.

 

A period of heavy rain is possible for the eastern ranges of Nelson until late this afternoon and a watch will be maintained.

Heavy rain is also likely for northern parts of Marlborough today and for the Wairarapa and eastern ranges of Wellington from this afternoon to early Wednesday morning.  In addition, a series of troughs associated with the low should move across the upper North Island today and Wednesday bringing a brief burst of heavy rain, with the largest rainfall accumulation expected in the Bay of Plenty today and Wednesday morning and about the Coromandel Peninsula during Wednesday morning.

This watch is for the possibility that rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria for the eastern ranges of Nelson, northern Marlborough, eastern ranges of Wellington, Wairarapa, the Bay of Plenty and Coromandel Peninsula.

 

As the low approaches the North Island today, very strong and cold southerlies develop over central New Zealand. A severe gale warning is in force for northern Westland, Buller, eastern parts of Nelson, the Marlborough Sounds and Wellington. This Watch is for the possibility that southeasterlies could rise to severe gale about Golden Bay and Taranaki during Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning.

 

Cold southerly rain is expected about north Canterbury and Marlborough from this afternoon, and is expected to turn to snow above about 400 metres for a time.  This Watch is for a brief period of heavy snow to around 500 metres between about Hanmer Springs and Seddon from this afternoon to early Tuesday evening.

 

People in these areas are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecast in case part of this Watch is upgraded to a warning.

 

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Tuesday 4 June Forecast prepared by: Leigh Matheson Forecast checked by: Andy Downs

 

For further information after 2pm Tuesday 4 June contact Duty Forecaster Sarah Garlick

 

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SPECIAL WEATHER ADVISORY FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, WAIKATO, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, WAITOMO, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, TAUMARUNUI, TAUPO, TAIHAPE, GISBORNE, HAWKES BAY , WAIRARAPA, TARANAKI, WANGANUI, MANAWATU, WELLINGTON, MARLBOROUGH, NELSON, BULLER , WESTLAND, CANTERBURY, FIORDLAND, OTAGO, SOUTHLAND ISSUED BY METSERVICE Monday 03-Jun-2013

UNSETTLED WEATHER FOR MANY AREAS OF THE COUNTRY DURING TUESDAY

Forecast  :

A front over the South Island is expected to move slowly north tomorrow, as a deep low over the Tasman Sea approaches the upper North Island.

Heavy rain over the upper South Island, is expected to spread north over the lower North Island tomorrow, with south to southeast gales developing.

Meanwhile, an active band of rain is expected to pass south over the upper North Island, bringing some heavy falls and possible thunderstorms from Northland through to the Bay of Plenty.

Also, a cold front moves north over the lower South Island bringing a period of snow showers to 300 metres about parts of Fiordland, Southland, Otago and Canterbury during the morning, before reaching the rain-band about the upper South Island, allowing snow to lower to about 500 metres in north Canterbury and Marlborough during the afternoon.

Rain and strong southerlies are expected to spread over much of the North Island early Wednesday, before the low moves away east, and winds and rain begin to eas

This is a significant weather event for many places, especially for central areas, and people are advised to refer to the current Warnings and Watches for further details.

The next Special Weather Advisory will be issued by 11:30 Tuesday 04-Jun-2013

Contact person : Leigh Matheson

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR WAIKATO, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, TARANAKI, MANAWATU, HAWKES BAY, WAIRARAPA, CANTERBURY, OTAGO, SOUTHLAND ISSUED BY METSERVICE 25-May-2013

BURST OF HEAVY RAIN FOR NORTHERN PARTS OF THE NORTH ISLAND, EASING SUNDAY MORNING. RISK OF SEVERE GALES FOR PARTS OF CANTERBURY, OTAGO, SOUTHLAND AND FIORDLAND TONIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING, AND FOR HAWKES BAY AND WAIRARAPA FROM SUNDAY EVENING

A low is expected to move southeast across the upper North Island overnight Saturday and Sunday morning.  Rain and strengthening northerlies are expected to spread over northern parts of the North Island with some heavy rain, easing Sunday morning.

This watch is for the possibility that rain accumulations may reach warning amounts about the Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato, Waitomo and northern parts of Taupo overnight Saturday to Sunday morning. The Watch for heavy rain in the Bay of Plenty has been upgraded to a Warning and the Watch for heavy rain in Taranaki has been cancelled.

At this stage the broad scale accumulations are expected to be a little below warning criteria, however, some of these areas may experience localised heavy falls.

A front is expected to move over southern New Zealand overnight Saturday and Sunday morning. Northwest gales are likely about exposed areas of Canterbury, Otago, Southland and Fiordland from this evening into Sunday morning and this watch is for the possibly winds may reach severe gale at times.

Also, after the front crosses the North Island on Sunday, westerly gales are expected to develop in exposed parts of Hawkes Bay south of Hastings and Wairarapa north of about Masterton and this watch is for the possibility of these winds reaching severe gales in exposed areas from late Sunday afternoon and evening.

MetService forecasters will continue to monitor the situation, and people in these areas are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecast in case and parts of this Watch are upgraded to a Warning.

This Watch will be reviewed by 10am Sunday 26th May Forecast prepared by: Hordur Thordarson Forecast checked by: John Crouch

For further information after 9pm contact Duty Forecaster John Crouch

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, TARANAKI, WAIKATO, WAITOMO, TAUPO, HAWKES BAY, WAIRARAPA, FIORDLAND, CANTERBURY, OTAGO, SOUTHLAND ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 0922hrs 25-May-2013

 BURST OF HEAVY RAIN FOR NORTHERN PARTS OF THE NORTH ISLAND OVERNIGHT SATURDAY TO SUNDAY. RISK OF SEVERE GALES FOR PARTS OF CANTERBURY, OTAGO, SOUTHLAND AND FIORDLAND TONIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING, AND FOR HAWKES BAY AND WAIRARAPA SUNDAY EVENING.

 A low is expected to move southeast across Waikato and Bay of Plenty tonight and Sunday morning.  Rain and strengthening northerlies are expected to spread over northern parts of the North Island later today, with some heavy falls tonight and early Sunday morning.

 This watch is for the possibility that rain accumulations may reach warning amounts about northern and eastern parts of Northland,the Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, northern Taranaki, Waikato, Waitomo and northern parts of Taupo from this evening through to Sunday morning.

 At this stage the broad scale accumulations are expected to be a little below warning criteria, however, some of these areas may experience localised heavy falls and squally conditions in possible thunderstorms this evening and early Sunday.

 A front is expected to move over southern New Zealand tonight and tomorrow morning. Northwest gales are likely about exposed areas of Canterbury, Otago, Southland and Fiordland from this evening into tomorrow morning and this watch is for the possibly winds may reach severe gale at times.

 Also, after the front crosses the North Island tomorrow, westerly gales are expected to develop in exposed parts of Hawkes Bay south of Hastings and Wairarapa north of about Masterton and this watch is for the possibility of these winds reaching severe gales in exposed areas late Sunday afternoon and evening.

 Metservice forecasters will continue to monitor the situation,and people in these areas are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecast in case part of this Watch is upgraded to a warning.

 This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Saturday 25 May Forecast prepared by: Erick Brenstrum Forecast checked by: Paul Mallinson 

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, TARANAKI, WAIKATO, WAITOMO, TAUPO ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 2001hrs 24-May-2013

BURST OF HEAVY RAIN FOR NORTHERN PARTS OF THE NORTH ISLAND OVERNIGHT SATURDAY TO SUNDAY.

A low is expected to move southeast across Waikato and Bay of Plenty Saturday night and Sunday morning.  Rain and strengthening northerlies are expected to spread over northern parts of the North Island during Saturday, with some heavy falls Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

This watch is for the possibility that rain accumulations may reach warning amounts about northern and eastern parts of Northland,the Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, northern Taranaki, Waikato, Waitomo and northern parts of Taupo from Saturday evening through to Sunday morning.

At this stage the broad scale accumulations are a little uncertain, however, these areas may experience localised heavy falls and squally conditions in possible thunderstorms during Saturday evening and early Sunday.

Metservice forecasters will continue to monitor the situation, and people in these areas are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecast in case part of this Watch is upgraded to a warning.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9am Saturday 25 May Forecast prepared by: Erick Brenstrum Forecast checked by: Gerard Barrow

For further information after 9pm contact Duty Forecaster Gerard Barrow

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NELSON, TARANAKI, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, GISBORNE

ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 0950hrs 21-May-2013

HEAVY RAIN AND POSSIBLE THUNDERY DOWNPOURS FOR NORTHWEST NELSON AND NORTHERN TARANAKI TODAY AND TOMORROW. ALSO FOR GISBORNE AND EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

A complex trough of low pressure over the Tasman Sea is forecast to slowly approach the country today and tomorrow and should cross central New Zealand Thursday morning. Unsettled conditions can be expected over northern parts of both islands in a moist north to northeasterly flow, with localised bursts of heavy rain and possible thundery downpours. The heaviest rainfalls are expected about northwest Nelson and northern Taranaki today and tomorrow, especially about the ranges, and also about Gisborne and Bay of Plenty east of Opotiki late this afternoon and evening. This Watch is for the possibility that rainfall accumulations may reach warning criteria in these areas during that time.

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 a full Warning becomes necessary.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Tuesday 21st May 2013

 


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, WESTLAND, FIORDLAND, OTAGO, SOUTHLAND ISSUED BY METSERVICE 03-May-2013

HEAVY RAIN DEVELOPING SATURDAY FROM NORTHLAND TO WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY ALSO FIORDLAND SOUTHERN WESTLAND, SPREADING TO OTAGO AND SOUTHLAND ON SUNDAY WITH SNOW IN THE HILLS

A low should move slowly east over the top of the North Island during Saturday with a band of rain and thunderstorms. Heavy falls are expected to develop over parts of eastern Northland, Auckland and Coromandel Peninsula during the morning and spread to western Bay of Plenty in the afternoon. At this stage, rainfall accumulations over a broad area are expected to fall short of warning criteria but localised downpours in thunderstorms are possible.

A trough is expected to intensify over southern Westland and Fiordland during Saturday and heavy rain is expected with downpours possible in thunderstorms. Again, rainfall accumulations are expected to be marginal for warning criteria and a watch will be maintained.

On Sunday, heavy rain is likely to spread to Otago and Southland and accumulations may approach warning criteria. Also, snow may lower to 400 metres with heavy falls possible at higher levels.

People in these areas are advised that surface flooding and slips may occur and driving conditions may become hazardous. People should also stay up to date with the latest forecasts in case any of these watches needs to be upgraded to a full warning.

 

This Watch will be reviewed by 11am Saturday 4 May Forecast prepared by: Erick Brenstrum Forecast checked by: Paul Mallinson

 

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NELSON, BULLER, WESTLAND, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA ISSUED BY METSERVICE 19-Apr-2013

 HEAVY RAIN COROMANDEL PENINSULA, WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY AND NELSON.

GALE EASTERLIES IN THE WEST FROM WESTLAND TO NELSON.

 A low is deepening over the Tasman Sea and moving towards New Zealand today, while a ridge of high pressure builds to the east of the South Island.

 A trough is expected to stall over western Bay of Plenty overnight Friday and should move slowly east during Saturday. Heavy rain is likely with this trough, and localised downpours are possible overnight Friday and during Saturday. This Watch is for Bay of Plenty west of Whakatane and also the Coromandel Peninsula south of Tairua, to cover the possibility of heavy rain over some localised areas, which could produce surface flooding.

 This Watch is also for the possibility of significant heavy rain in the ranges of Nelson. Rainfall intensities are expected to increase there this evening, with rain forecast to continue through Friday night and Saturday, and accumulations may meet warning criteria.


SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR AUCKLAND, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, WAITOMO, TAUPO, TAUMARUNUI, MANAWATU ISSUED BY METSERVICE 17-Apr-2013

BRIEF HEAVY RAIN FROM WAITOMO TO MANAWATU AND INLAND TO THE HILLS OF WESTERN TAUPO. WESTERLY GALES POSSIBLE FOR AUCKLAND AND THE COROMANDEL PENINSULA.

A low is expected to cross the central North Island this afternoon and evening.  This Watch is for a period of heavy rain in western areas from Waitomo to Manawatu and inland to the hills of western Taupo.  Localised high intensity rain is possible in these areas this afternoon and early evening.  Note, the Watch has been upgraded to a Warning in Taranaki and a Warning is also now in effect for Wanganui and Taihape.

This Watch is also for westerly gales in Auckland and exposed parts of the Coromandel Peninsula this afternoon and evening, where severe gales are possible as the low passes to the south.  People in these areas are advised to secure loose objects that may be affected by strong winds.

People in all the above areas are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts and check if further warnings have been issued.

Note, the risk of warning amounts of rain in Marlborough and also Waikato has now reduced and the Watch for Marlborough and Waikato is cancelled.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Wednesday Forecast prepared by: Rochelle Fleming Forecast checked by: Oliver Druce

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, WAIKATO, MARLBOROUGH ISSUED BY METSERVICE 16-Apr-2013

 

HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG WINDS FOR NORTHERN NEW ZEALAND THIS MORNING.

HEAVY RAIN POSSIBLE IN MARLBOROUGH FROM TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

A low just east of Northland is moving slowly south today. This low is then expected to move east across the upper North Island on Wednesday. A strong moist northeast flow lies over the North Island.

Heavy rain warnings are in place for the Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and western Nelson.

Heavy rain and northeast gales are affecting Northland and Auckland.

Both the wind and rain should ease there today.

Parts of Coromandel Peninsula, and Waikato immediately west of the Kaimai Range, may also experience strong to gale northeasterlies today.

Heavy rain is also expected to affect northern parts of Marlborough and the Sounds from this afternoon through to early Wednesday

At this stage it appears rainfall totals will fall short of warning criteria but a watch will be maintained.

People in the above areas are urged to keep up to date with the latest forecasts and check if warnings have been issued.

This Watch will be reviewed by 11am Tuesday 16th April Forecast prepared by: Hordur Thordarson Forecast checked by: Eric Brenstrum

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, WAIKATO, MARLBOROUGH ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 15-Apr-2013

HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG WINDS FOR NORTHERN NEW ZEALAND TODAY AND EARLY TUESDAY. HEAVY RAIN POSSIBLE IN MARLBOROUGH ON TUESDAY AND EARLY WEDNESDAY.

A low over the north Tasman Sea is moving southeast and is expected to approach New Zealand this evening, then slowly cross central New Zealand during Wednesday.  This low is expected to bring a period of heavy rain and strong winds to the north of the country and heavy rain to the north of the South Island.

A Warning for heavy rain is now in force for Bay of Plenty and northwest Nelson.

Rain is expected become heavy at times in Northland this morning,then spread south over Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula this afternoon and evening. The rain should ease early Tuesday morning.

Eastern areas of Northland and Coromandel Peninsula, and also the north of Auckland may come close to warning criteria.

Strong to gale northeast winds are also likely to accompany the rain in Northland, Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula, especially from this afternoon until Tuesday morning.  Parts of Waikato immediately west of the Kaimai Range may also experience strong to gale northeasterlies from this evening until Tuesday afternoon.  At this stage it appears unlikely that winds will reach warning strength, but forecasters will monitor the situation.

Heavy rain is also expected to affect northern parts of Marlborough and the Sounds from Tuesday afternoon through to early Wednesday

There is still some uncertainty about the total amount of rain, and at this stage accumulations appear to fall short of warning criteria.

People in the above areas are urged to keep up to date with the latest forecasts and check if warnings are issued.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Monday 15 April 2013 Forecast prepared by: Sarah Garlick Forecast checked by: Paul Mallinson

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, WAIKATO, BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, NELSON ISSUED BY METSERVICE 14-Apr-2013

HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG WINDS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP IN NORTHERN NEW ZEALAND ON MONDAY AND HEAVY RAIN LIKELY IN NELSON ON TUESDAY

A low over the north Tasman Sea is moving southeast and should be approaching New Zealand late on Monday.  This low is expected to bring a period of heavy rain and strong winds to the north of the country and heavy rain to the northwest of the South Island.

Heavy rain is forecast to spread south over Northland during Monday morning, reaching Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula in the afternoon and Bay of Plenty at night.  The rain should ease in the north early Tuesday morning but may continue into Wednesday for Bay of Plenty.  At present, it appears that the Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty are most likely to experience warning amounts of rain, but eastern areas of Northland and north Auckland may also come close to warning criteria.  If necessary, warnings will be issued closer to the event.

Strong to gale northeast winds are also likely to accompany the rain in Northland, Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula, especially from Monday afternoon until Tuesday morning.  Parts of Waikato immediately west of the Kaimai Range may also experience strong to gale northeasterlies from Monday evening until Tuesday afternoon.  At this stage it appears unlikely that winds will reach warning strength, but forecasters will monitor the situation.

Heavy rain and strong northeasterlies are also expected to affect Nelson,west of about Motueka, during most of Tuesday and early Wednesday.  There is still some uncertainty about the total amount of rain,however a warning is likely to be issued closer to the event.

People in the above areas should keep up to date with the latest forecasts and check if warnings are issued.

This Watch will be reviewed by 11am Monday 15 April 2013 Forecast prepared by: Allister Gorman Forecast checked by: Andy Downs

For further information after 1:30pm contact Duty Forecaster Sarah Garlick

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SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA, GISBORNE ISSUED BY METSERVICE 05-Jan-2013

A PERIOD OF HEAVY RAIN FOR GISBORNE, AND SOUTHEAST GALES FOR NORTHERN GISBORNE AND EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY.

A deep sub-tropical low southwest of Raoul Island is expected to move slowly southwest towards the upper North Island Saturday night and during Sunday, before moving away to the east on Monday. This low is expected to bring a period of rain and gale southeast winds to the northeast of the North Island during Sunday.

This Watch is for a period of heavy rain for Gisborne during Sunday, where rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria.

Additionally during Sunday, southeast winds are expected to be gale over East Cape. Gusts may approach severe gale about Gisborne north of Tolaga Bay and in the Bay of Plenty east of Whakatane.

People in these areas are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts, in case any part of this Watch needs to be upgraded to a full Warning.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9am Sunday 6 January 2013

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