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SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
Issued by MetService at 8:17 pm Saturday 14-Dec-2019
Heavy rain in the south and west of the South Island
An active front will move northwards across the lower South Island tonight and during Sunday. The front is preceded by a strong moist northwest flow, bringing heavy rain to western parts of the Island, and followed by cooler southerlies and rain for Southland. Heavy rain Warnings (orange) are in force for northern Fiordland, the ranges of southern and central Westland, and the Otago headwaters. 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 WARNING - ORANGE
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: 18 hours from 10:00 pm Saturday to 4:00 pm Sunday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain and possible thunderstorms. Expect 80 to 120mm of rain to accumulate. Peak intensities of 20 to 30mm/hr from late Sunday morning.
Area: The headwaters of the Otago lakes and rivers
Valid: 13 hours from 1:00 am to 2:00 pm Sunday
Forecast: Periods of heavy spillover rain and possible thunderstorms, followed by southerly rain late Sunday morning and early afternoon. Expect 80 to 120mm of rain on the divide, with 70 to 90mm within 15km farther east. Peak intensities of 20 to 30mm/hr on the divide from dawn Sunday.
Area: Fiordland north of Doubtful Sound
Valid: 14 hours from 9:00 pm Saturday to 11:00 am Sunday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain and possible thunderstorms. Expect 90 to 130mm of rain to accumulate. Peak intensities of 20 to 30mm/hr from early Sunday morning.
An update for severe weather will be issued by: 10:00 am Sunday 15-Dec-2019
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