Severe Weather Watch
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Severe Weather Watch

Valid to 10:01am Saturday 29 Apr 2017

SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NORTHLAND, BAY OF PLENTY, ROTORUA, WAIRARAPA,TARANAKI, KAPITI HOROWHENUA, WELLINGTON, NELSON, BULLER, CENTRALOTAGO, SOUTHERN LAKES, CLUTHA, SOUTHLAND, STEWART ISLAND ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 1001hrs 28-Apr-2017

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

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

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

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

FIORDLAND: Until late this morning.

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

NORTHWEST NELSON: Saturday afternoon and evening.

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

MT TARANAKI: Saturday afternoon until late Sunday morning.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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