WEATHER

Heavy rain in northwest Nelson to ease - another brief burst for South Island West Coast

Sunday 24 February 2008, 10:30AM
By Metservice
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A frontal band over north Westland is moving eastwards and is
expected to move over central New Zealand during Sunday afternoon.
Heavy rain in the ranges of northwest Nelson should ease by mid
afternoon.

Another frontal band lies in the mid Tasman Sea, and this is expected
to move quickly across the South Island overnight and Monday morning.
Brief heavy falls are expected with this front in Fiordland and the
ranges of Westland south of Otira. In Westland, this is occurring
within 24 hours of a considerable amount of rain that has already
fallen.

Although the amounts expected are not particularly high for the area,
brief thunderstorms may bring bursts of high intensity rain, and
streams could rise quickly.

Heavy rain on the Coromandel Peninsula has eased and the warning is
lifted for this area.


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HEAVY RAIN WARNING
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AREA/S AFFECTED: RANGES OF NORTHWEST NELSON RANGES OF WESTLAND SOUTH
OF OTIRA FIORDLAND
FORECAST:

RANGES OF NORTHWEST NELSON
In the 5 hours from 9am to 2pm Sunday, expect another 30-40mm of rain.

RANGES OF WESTLAND SOUTH OF OTIRA
In the 21 hours from 6pm Sunday to 3pm Monday, expect 75-85mm of rain.
Heaviest falls are expected overnight, with intensities reaching
15-20mm per hour.

FIORDLAND
In the 15 hours from noon Sunday to 3am Monday, expect 65-75mm of
rain. Heaviest falls are expected Sunday evening, with intensities
reaching 15-20mm per hour in thunderstorms.

FREEZING LEVEL: Falling to 2000 metres in Fiordland, and to
2400 metres in Westland.



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WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE
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HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: COROMANDEL PENINSULA
NO FURTHER WARNINGS WILL BE ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT FOR THE ABOVE AREAS.