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Severe Weather Watch

SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR KAPITI HOROWHENUA, WAIRARAPA, MARLBOROUGH,NELSON ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 0945hrs 17-Aug-2017

HEAVY RAIN FOR THE RICHMOND AND BRYANT RANGES. NORTHERLY GALES FOR CENTRAL NEW ZEALAND.

A front moves across central New Zealand today, preceded by north to northwesterly gales and followed by a trough. Heavy rain has already fallen in the west of the South Island, and should continue through this afternoon and evening. This front also brings a period of heavy rain about Mt Taranaki and the Tararua Range. A Heavy Rain Warning are in force for these areas. A Strong Wind Warning is also in force about Canterbury High Country, Marlborough and Wellington.

This Watch is for the possibility that a burst of heavy rain could accumulate to short-duration warning levels (30 to 40mm in 3 to 4 hours) about the Richmond and Bryant Ranges until about midday today.

This Watch is also for the possibility of north to northwesterly gales becoming severe in the following places...

NELSON: Unitl about midday today.

HOROWHENUA, KAPITI COAST and SOUTHERN WAIRARAPA: Through to early this afternoon.

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

Note, the threat of strong winds in Fiordland and Westland has passed, and the strong wind Watch there is now lifted.

This Watch will be reviewed by 10pm Thursday 17 August 2017