Severe Weather Watches

Valid to 9:00pm Tuesday 11 May 2021

Severe Weather Watch

Issued by MetService at 9:09am Tuesday 11-May-2021

Heavy rain and northwesterly gales for parts of southern and central New Zealand

A series of fronts are forecast to move over southern and central New Zealand from the southwest today (Tuesday), bringing periods of heavy rain to the west, and strong northwesterlies in the east. The heaviest rainfall is expected about the ranges of Westland where a Heavy Rain Warning remains in force, while Heavy Rain Watches are in place for northern Fiordland, Canterbury Headwaters, Buller, the ranges of northwest Nelson, the Tararua Range and Mount Taranaki.

In addition, Wellington has now been upgraded to a Strong Wind Warning, while Strong Wind Watches remain in force for the Canterbury High Country, Marlborough and Wairarapa.

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case any of the Watches are upgraded to Warnings, or further areas are added.

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: Mount Taranaki
Valid: 14 hours from 2:00pm Tuesday to 4:00am Wednesday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria.

Area: The ranges of Nelson west of Motueka
Valid: 10 hours from 9:00am to 7:00pm Tuesday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain, and possible thunderstorms. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria.

Area: The Tararua Range
Valid: 14 hours from 2:00pm Tuesday to 4:00am Wednesday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria.

Area: The ranges of Buller
Valid: 13 hours from 9:00am to 10:00pm Tuesday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain, and possible thunderstorms. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria.

Area: The headwaters of the Canterbury lakes and rivers
Valid: 11 hours from 9:00am to 8:00pm Tuesday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria within 15km east of the main divide.

Area: Fiordland north of George Sound
Valid: 6 hours from 9:00am to 3:00pm Tuesday
Forecast: A period of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria.

Strong Wind Watch

Area: Wairarapa
Valid: 11 hours from 11:00am to 10:00pm Tuesday
Forecast: Northwesterly winds may approach severe gale in exposed places at times.

Area: Marlborough
Valid: 11 hours from 9:00am to 8:00pm Tuesday
Forecast: Northwesterly winds may approach severe gale in exposed places at times.

Area: Canterbury High Country from Mount Cook northwards
Valid: 8 hours from 9:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday
Forecast: Northwesterly winds may approach severe gale in exposed places at times.


An update for severe weather will be issued by: 9:00pm Tuesday 11-May-2021

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Issued: 9:09am Tuesday 11 May 2021

Severe Thunderstorm Watches

No Watch In Effect