Heavy rain watch issued for BOP

Showers are expected to turn to rain later today. Image: MetService.

Bay of Plenty residents are being told to watch out for heavy rain later today.

The MetService has issued a heavy rain watch for the region.

There is also heavy rain and strong winds forecast for parts of the South Island.

“An active front moves onto the country from the Tasman Sea today, preceded by a strong and moist north to northeast flow, then followed by disturbed west to northwesterlies.

“This front delivers a period of heavy rain to the west of the South Island, including spillover rain into the Canterbury and Otago headwaters,” says the weather organisation.

“This front also brings a brief period of heavy rain to parts of the upper North Island, with the heaviest falls expected in Bay of Plenty where a heavy rain watch is now in force.”

In addition, north to northwest gales are expected in parts of the South Island.

“People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case any updates are made, or additional areas are added.”

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: The Otago headwaters
Valid: 7 hours from 8am to 3pm Tuesday
Forecast: A period of heavy spillover rain is expected within 15km east of the main divide, and rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria. However, most of this precipitation will fall as snow above 1000 metres.

Area: Bay Of Plenty including Rotorua
Valid: 9 hours from 1am to 10am Wednesday
Forecast: A period of heavy rain, and rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria.

Area: Nelson west of Motueka
Valid: 8 hours from 6pm Tuesday to 2am Wednesday
Forecast: A period of heavy rain, and accumulations may approach warning criteria.

Area: The ranges of Buller
Valid: 7 hours from 6pm Tuesday to 1am Wednesday
Forecast: A period of heavy rain, and accumulations may approach warning criteria.

Area: The ranges of Westland north of Otira, and the Canterbury headwaters north of Arthurs Pass
Valid: 7 hours from 4pm to 11pm Tuesday
Forecast: A period of heavy rain, and accumulations may approach warning criteria.

Area: The Canterbury headwaters from Arthurs Pass southwards
Valid: 10 hours from 10am to 8pm Tuesday
Forecast: A period of heavy spillover rain is expected within 15km east of the main divide, and rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria. However, most of this precipitation will fall as snow above 1000 metres.

Strong Wind Watch

Area: Southern Lakes, Central Otago west of Alexandra, and Southland
Valid: 6 hours from 8am to 2pm Tuesday
Forecast: Northerly winds may approach severe gale in exposed places.

 




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