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    Home > Weather > Severe Weather

    NZ Severe Weather Warnings

    Issued by MetService at 8:22 pm Thursday 20-Feb-2020
    A period of heavy rain for the South Island West Coast, and also northerly gales for Fiordland
    A front, preceded by strong to gale northerly winds, is forecast to move onto the lower South Island tonight (Thursday) and then move east across the Island on Friday bringing a period of heavy rain to the western areas.
    The heaviest rain is expected about the ranges of Westland south of Otira, where a Heavy Rain Warning is currently in force. A Heavy Rain Watch is also in force for remainder of the South Island West Coast including the headwaters of Canterbury Lakes and Rivers. In addition, a Strong Wind Watch is in force for Fiordland.
    People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case any changes are made.


    Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.
    Area: Westland south of Otira
    Valid: 12 hours from 3:00 am to 3:00 pm Friday
    Forecast: Expect 100 to 180mm of rain to accumulate about the ranges, and 50 to 80mm near the coast. Peak rates of 15 to 25mm/h.
    An update for severe weather will be issued by: 10:00 am Friday 21-Feb-2020
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