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Severe Weather Watch

Issued by MetService at 8:19pm Thursday 19-Apr-2018

Severe gales possible for the lower South Island and Canterbury High Country, and for parts of Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay

A deep and extensive area of low pressure over the Southern Ocean and a high over the Tasman Sea force a strong westerly flow across New Zealand through into Saturday. Parts of southern and central New Zealand are likely to be affected by westerly gales during this period, and this Watch is for the possibility of winds reaching severe gale.

People in these areas are advised to keep up to date with forecasts.

Strong Wind Watch

Area: Wairarapa north of Masterton and Hawkes Bay south of Hastings
Valid: 29 hours from 6:00pm Friday to 11:00pm Saturday
Forecast: Westerlies may reach severe gale at times in exposed places.

Area: The Canterbury High Country, Otago and Southland
Valid: 34 hours from 8:00pm Thursday to 6:00am Saturday
Forecast: Westerlies may reach severe gale at times in exposed places.


This watch will be updated by: 10:00am Friday 20-Apr-2018

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