Heavy rain and severe northwest gales for parts of the South Island, and severe northwest gales possible for lower North Island.
An active front is forecast to move northeast across the South Island today and on Sunday, and weaken as it approaches the lower North Island early Monday. The front is expected to bring a period of heavy northwest rain to the South Island west coast and about the headwaters of Canterbury and Otago lakes and rivers.
A strong front reaches the South Island tomorrow bringing with it strong winds and heavy rain. There are numerous Severe Weather Watches and Warnings in force you can read up on https://t.co/qHyE5zhh6X. Below is a loop showing the front affecting the South Island tomorrow. ^KL pic.twitter.com/ThE67Ys6eX
— MetService (@MetService) January 10, 2020
Heavy Rain Warning
Area: Fiordland north of Doubtful Sound
Valid: 7 hours from 1:00pm to 8:00pm Saturday
Forecast: A period of heavy rain. Expect 80 to 120mm to accumulate. Peak intensities of 20 to 35mm per hour.
Strong Wind Warning
Area: Southern Lakes
Valid: 13 hours from 10:00am to 11:00pm Saturday
Forecast: Northwest gales, severe gusting 120 km/h in exposed places.
Area: Fiordland, Southland and Clutha
Valid: 9 hours from 10:00am to 7:00pm Saturday
Forecast: North to northwest gales, severe in exposed places, gusting 120 km/h but possibly 140 km/h in Fiordland.
An update for severe weather will be issued by 10:00pm Saturday 11 Jan 2020.