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    Home > Weather > Severe Weather

    NZ Severe Weather Warnings

    Issued by MetService at 1:16 pm Sunday 15-Dec-2019
    Heavy rain in the south and west of the South Island, and possible severe gale
    northerlies for Wellington and southern Wairarapa
    Updated to include a Strong Wind Watch for Wellington and southern Wairarapa for
    today (Sunday).
    An active front moves northwards across the lower South Island today (Sunday)
    bringing a period of heavy northerly rain to western parts of the Island, and
    followed by cooler southerlies and rain for Southland. Heavy rain Warnings (
    orange) remain in force for the ranges of southern and central Westland, and the
    Otago headwaters, while heavy rain Watches remain in force for inland parts of
    Southland and the Canterbury headwaters from Arthurs Pass southwards.
    People in these areas are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts
    and warnings.


    Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and
    slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.
    Area: The ranges of Westland south of Otira
    Valid: 4 hours from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday
    Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Expect a further 50 to 80mm of rain to
    accumulate. Peak intensities of 20 to 30mm/hr and thunderstorms possible. Please
    note, another period of heavy rain is possible late Monday into Tuesday, and an
    associated Watch or Warning will likely be issued closer to the time.
    Area: The headwaters of the Otago lakes and rivers
    Valid: 2 hours from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Sunday
    Forecast: Periods of heavy spillover rain, followed by southerly rain from early
    afternoon. Expect a further 20 to 40mm of rain on the divide, with up to 20mm of
    rain within 15km farther east. Peak intensities of 20 to 30mm/hr on the divide
    and thunderstorms possible.


    Heavy rain warning lifted for: Fiordland north of Doubtful Sound
    An update for severe weather will be issued by: 9:00 pm Sunday 15-Dec-2019
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