North to Northeast Winds May Approach Severe Gale Force at Times

Apr 15, 2018
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Northerly gales over the lower South Island on Sunday.

A front will move onto the South Island from the Tasman Sea, bringing heavy rain to parts of Fiordland and Westland, and a Heavy Rain Warning is now in force. This front is also forecast to bring northerly gales to the lower South Island, with Fiordland and western parts of Southland and Otago affected from Sunday morning to Sunday evening,

Strong Wind Watch

Area: Fiordland and western parts of Southland and Otago
Valid: 12 hours from 9:00am to 9:00pm Sunday
Forecast: Northerly winds may approach severe gale force at times.

Issued by MetService at 9:44am Sunday 15-Apr-2018

Northerly gales over the lower South Island today. Brief heavy rain about northern parts of Marlborough early Monday

A front moves onto the South Island from the Tasman Sea this (Sunday) evening, followed by disturbed westerlies on Monday, delivering a period of heavy rain to western parts of central and southern New Zealand. The heaviest rain is expected in northern Fiordland, Westland, Buller, northwest Nelson and Mount Taranaki, and Heavy Rain Warnings are now in force for these areas. This Watch is for the possibility of rainfall accumulations approaching warning amounts about the Richmond Range and the Marlborough Sounds.

In addition, northerly gales are expected across the lower South Island today ahead of the front. This Watch is for the possibility of north to northeast winds reaching severe gale in exposed parts of Fiordland, Southland, Otago and the Canterbury High Country.

Strong Wind Watch

Area: Fiordland, Otago and Southland
Valid: 12 hours from 9:00am to 9:00pm Sunday
Forecast: North to northeast winds may approach severe gale force at times.

 

This watch will be updated by: 9:00pm Sunday 15-Apr-2018