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Significant heavy rain for the west of the South Island

Issued: 11:54am Thu, 25 Nov

MetService is focusing on a significant rain event which is expected to impact western parts of the South Island during the next few days. Severe weather forecasters have already issued Orange Heavy Rain Warnings for parts of Westland and Fiordland with Heavy Rain Watches also in place for Southland and the headwaters of the Canterbury Rivers and Lakes ...

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Short Forecast

Valid to Midnight Monday

The northern half of the North Island from Taranaki and Taupo northwards, also Gisborne and Hawke's Bay
Fine and cloudy periods. Isolated afternoon and evening showers inland.

Whanganui and Taihape to Wellington, also Wairarapa
Mostly cloudy, with a few showers or drizzle patches.

Marlborough and Nelson
Scattered rain, clearing this evening. Mainly fine tomorrow, but isolated afternoon showers inland.

Rain with heavy falls, gradually easing to a few showers this evening.

Canterbury and North Otago
Mostly cloudy today with a few drizzle patches. Long fine spells tomorrow.

Westland and Fiordland, also Central Otago, Dunedin, Clutha and Southland
Mainly fine, but cloudy in Westland today. Areas of low cloud morning and night.

Chatham Islands
Fine today. A few showers later tomorrow.

Extended Forecast

North Island: Rain from Taranaki to Gisborne and southwards, partly cloudy with isolated afternoon showers farther north. South Island: Rain for northern Westland to Kaikoura and northwards. Cloud and isolated showers in the east, but fine in the southwest.

North Island: Rain south of Auckland, gradually clearing for Taranaki to Wellington. Partly cloudy with isolated showers in the north. South Island: Rain for northern Westland to Kaikoura and northwards, easing. Isolated showers in the east, fine elsewhere.

North Island: Rain in the east, clearing. A few showers about the central plateau to Northland. Fine in the south. South Island: Rain for the west coast, a few showers spreading to Southland and Otago. Fine elsewhere.

Rain for the South Island west coast. A few showers about Southland, Otago, Northland and the North Island central plateau. Fine elsewhere.

Chatham Islands
Early rain on Tuesday with westerlies, then fine. Cloudy periods and isolated showers for Wednesday and Thursday with southerlies.

Severe Thunderstorm INFORMATION

No Severe Thunderstorm Warnings in force.

Severe Weather Warnings & Watches

Heavy rain in Buller and northern Westland eases today

A slow-moving front over the upper South Island, delivering heavy rain to Buller and northern Westland, should weaken today with the heavy rain easing.

People are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts.

Heavy Rain Warning - Orange

Impact: Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.

Area: Buller District

Period: 9hrs from 9am - 6pm Sun, 28 Nov

Forecast: Expect a further 50 to 70mm of rain to accumulate on top of what has already fallen. Peak rates of 10 to 20 mm/h this morning. Note, rain should continue after the warning expires, but significant amounts are not expected and peak intensities should be less than 6 mm/h.

Area: Westland north of Otira

Period: 2hrs from 9am - 11am Sun, 28 Nov

Forecast: Expect a further 10 to 20mm of rain to accumulate, with peak intensities of 5 to 10mm/h.

Road Snowfall Warnings

No Road Snowfall Warnings in force.

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