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Severe Weather Warnings

Heavy rain for parts of upper South Island and Northland. Heavy snow for the Canterbury High Country about and north of Rakaia river.

A front brings periods of heavy northerly rain to the upper South Island today, while an east to southeast flow is forecast to bring periods of heavy rain to Northland tomorrow. Rainfall accumulation in these areas may approach warning amounts, and Heavy Rain Watches are in force. The front is also expected to bring heavy snow to Canterbury High Country areas about and north of Rakaia river until early this afternoon and a Heavy Snow Watch remains in force for this area.

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case these watches are upgraded to a warning, or further areas are added.

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: Northland

Period: 13hrs from 5am – 6pm Wed, 29 Jun

Forecast: A period of heavy rain. Rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria, especially about the eastern areas north of Whangarei.

 

Area: Marlborough Sounds, Rai Valley and Richmond Range

Period: 17hrs from 1pm Tue, 28 Jun – 6am Wed, 29 Jun

Forecast: A period of heavy rain. Rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria.

 

Area: Westland about and north of Otira and Buller south of Karamea

Period: 6hrs from 9am – 3pm Tue, 28 Jun

Forecast: A period of heavy rain. Rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria.

Heavy Snow Watch

Area: Canterbury High Country about and north of Rakaia river

Period: 4hrs from 9am – 1pm Tue, 28 Jun

Forecast: A period of snow to 400 metres, with heavy falls above 500 metres where accumulations may approach warning criteria. Note, Heavy Snow Watch south of Rakaia river has now been lifted.

Road Snowfall Warnings

Road Snowfall Warning

Area: Lewis Pass (SH7)

Period: 4hrs from 10am – 2pm Tue, 28 Jun

Forecast: Snow is expected to affect the road until early this afternoon. Expect 4 to 6 cm of snow to accumulate on the road above 700 metres and lesser amounts to 500 metres.

Area: Arthur’s Pass (SH73)

 

Period: 3hrs from 10am – 1pm Tue, 28 Jun

Forecast: A few snow showers are expected to affect the road until early this afternoon. Expect 1 to 2 cm of snow to settle on the road above 700 metres and lesser amounts to 500 metres.

Area: Porters Pass (SH73)

Period: 3hrs from 10am – 1pm Tue, 28 Jun

Forecast: A few snow showers are expected to affect the road until early this afternoon. Expect 1 to 2 cm of snow to settle on the road above 700 metres and lesser amounts to 500 metres.

 

Area: Lindis Pass (SH8)

Period: 3hrs from 10am – 1pm Tue, 28 Jun

Forecast: A few light snow showers may affect the road until early this afternoon, but little if any snow is expected to accumulate.

Heavy rain for parts of the South Island and the upper North Island, also severe gales possible for central and southern New Zealand

A series of fronts embedded in a moist northwesterly flow are expected to affect the country through to late Thursday, bringing periods of heavy rain to the western areas of the South Island and the upper North Island. Heavy rain warnings and watches are in force for these areas.

Additionally, strong west to northwest winds are expected ahead of the front that moves north over the country later today (Wednesday) and Thursday. Strong wind watches are in force for parts of central and southern New Zealand.

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case any changes are made or more areas are added.

 

Heavy Rain Warning – Orange

Impact: Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.

Area: Ranges of Bay Of Plenty east of Opotiki

Period: 15hrs from 7am – 10pm Thu, 19 May

Forecast: Expect 70 to 110mm to accumulate. Peak rates of 15 to 25mm/h.

 

Area: Westland about and south of Otira

Period: 16hrs from 11pm Wed, 18 May – 3pm Thu, 19 May

Forecast: Expect 70 to 100mm to accumulate about the ranges and lesser amounts near the coast. Peak rates of 15 to 25m/h, especially in thunderstorms.

Area: Fiordland

Period: 13hrs from 5pm Wed, 18 May – 6am Thu, 19 May

Forecast: Expect 70 to 90mm to accumulate. Peak rates of 15 to 25mm/h, especially in thunderstorms.

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: Northland

Period: 34hrs from 9am Wed, 18 May – 7pm Thu, 19 May

Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rain amounts may approach warning criteria for short durations during this time for example 70mm in 12 hours. Note, rain is expected to ease for a time overnight tonight (Wednesday) and during Thursday morning.

 

Area: Buller, Westland north of Otira

Period: 14hrs from 5am – 7pm Thu, 19 May

Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria, especially about the ranges.

 

Area: Headwaters of Canterbury lakes and rivers

Period: 9hrs from 4am – 1pm Thu, 19 May

Forecast: Periods of heavy rain with thunderstorms. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria.

 

Area: Headwaters of Otago lakes and rivers

Period: 12hrs from 10pm Wed, 18 May – 10am Thu, 19 May

Forecast: Periods of heavy rain with thunderstorms. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria.

Strong Wind Watch

Area: Canterbury High Country

Period: 14hrs from 11pm Wed, 18 May – 1pm Thu, 19 May

Forecast: Northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places.

 

Area: Central Otago, Southern Lakes, Clutha, Southland, Stewart Island

Period: 10hrs from 9pm Wed, 18 May – 7am Thu, 19 May

Forecast: West to northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places.

 

Area: Wairarapa, Wellington and Marlborough Sounds

Period: 7hrs from 9am – 4pm Thu, 19 May

Forecast: Northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places.

 

Area: Marlborough excluding the Sounds

Period: 9hrs from 5am – 2pm Thu, 19 May

Forecast: Northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places.

Issued: 9:19am Wed, 18 May
Next update: 9pm Wed, 18 May

North Island to get brunt of ex-Tropical Cyclone Fili as it races towards New Zealand

Heavy rain is forecast to start falling in Northland on Tuesday morning as the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Fili head towards New Zealand.

MetService is also warning of heavy rain elsewhere, as Fili tracks close to, or across, eastern parts of the North Island Tuesday and Wednesday.

MetService meteorologist Lewis Ferris said most parts of the North Island would feel some impact from Fili on Tuesday and Wednesday, coastal conditions could be dangerous on the east of the North Island, and Tairāwhiti could be in line for more heavy rain just three weeks after massive flooding.

The most recent forecast track from MetService for the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Fili

Although Fili was no longer a tropical cyclone, as a deep low pressure system, it still posed a big risk. “Around that, we’re going to have very strong winds, the potential for very heavy rain, with some isolated downpours,” Ferris said.

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Pre-Easter dousing for North Island as Cyclone Fili nears

The North Island can expect a pre-Easter battering from the remnants of ex-tropical Cyclone Fili.

But despite strong wind warnings and heavy rain watches in place, the worst should be gone for the long weekend.

In what Metservice is predicting as an exclusively North Island event, there are strong wind and rain watches or warnings in place from Northland down to Wellington.

Cyclone Fili is approaching New Zealand from the northwest and expected to land on Tuesday.
It has been slow-moving just south of New Caledonia for the last couple of days. However, it is going to deepen and accelerate towards New Zealand later Monday.

Metservice meteorologist David Miller said there is potential for Cyclone Fili to cause some damage.

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Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Auckland and Northland

MetService has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Auckland and Northland, following Monday’s thunderstorm-driven chaos that saw flooding across the two regions.

After a settled morning, southern parts of Northland and western Auckland could expect heavy bouts of rain and isolated thunderstorms, MetService said.

The downpour is expected to reach 25 millimetres – 40mm rain per hour in these areas.

The severe thunderstorm watch is in place until 5pm.

Tuesday’s high is expected to be 25 degrees about 2pm. There will be a low of 18 degrees.

Over the course of 10 hours on Monday, one weather station in Albany recorded 109mm of rain.

Over the rest of the week, the low will begin to move east over the country, combining with another low which is moving south from the tropics, bringing more rain to the North Island.

Severe Weather Outlook

A slow-moving low-pressure system over the Tasman Sea directs a moist northeast flow over the country during the outlook period. A front embedded in this flow moves onto northern New Zealand on Sunday, then moves slowly southeastwards. This front is forecast to bring strong to gale force northeasterlies and rain to many regions of New Zealand.

For northwest Tasman, there is moderate confidence rainfall amounts will reach warning criteria at some stage on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday.

For Mount Taranaki, there is moderate confidence of heavy rain on Monday and Tuesday.

For Northland, there is low confidence of warnable amounts of rain on Sunday and Monday.

For Auckland, there is low confidence of both heavy rain and severe east to northeast gales on Monday and Tuesday, especially about northern parts of the region.

Finally, for Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and northern Gisborne, there is moderate confidence rainfall amounts will reach warning criteria from Monday to Wednesday.

Fire crews battling large vegetation fire on the Karikari Peninsula, Far North

Fire crews in the Far North are battling a vegetation fire on the Karikari Peninsula.

Fire and Emergency District Manager Wipari Henwood said ground crews were being supported by six helicopters as well as heavy machinery and a command unit to try and bring the fire under control.

A large vegetation fire is burning on the Karikari Peninsula in the Far North.

The fire was burning on conservation land, and Henwood said at this stage no homes or buildings were at risk.

Due to strong easterly winds forecasted for Monday, Henwood said he expected firefighters would be on the scene all day.

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The cause of the fire had not yet been identified, but Henwood said it was believed it began near a lay-by on Inland Rd.

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Rare twin elephants born in Kenya

Rare elephant twins were born to the Winds II elephant family at the Samburu National Reserve, Kenya.

Twin baby elephants have been born this week in a rare event at a national reserve in northern Kenya.

The male and female were first spotted by tour guides out on safari at the Samburu reserve at the weekend.

They are only the second set of twin calves ever to have been encountered by local conservation charity Save the Elephants.

The charity said elephant twins account for only 1 per cent of elephant births, with the last known case recorded in 2006.

African elephants have the longest gestation period of any mammal. They carry their young for nearly 22 months, and give birth around every four years.

 

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COVID-19: Contact tracing locations of interest

Locations of interest are linked to public exposure events. We will not always publish casual contact events for regions that are at Red. We will publish close contact events for all regions. Follow the health instructions if you were at a location on the same date and time shown.

Not all exposure events will become locations of interest if health officials can identify everyone who may have been exposed (for example, a flight, a hairdresser with booked appointments, a private social event). These are considered private exposure events and you will be contacted by a district health board, the Ministry of Health or a district health board public health unit. Please follow their advice.

 

Locations of Interest

Severe Weather Outlook

A cold front is expected to move northeast over the South Island on Wednesday and across the North Island on Thursday, bringing a period of rain or showers.

There is low confidence of rainfall accumulations reaching warning amounts in Fiordland and the ranges of southern Westland during Wednesday.

A ridge of high pressure is forecast to build over New Zealand on Friday and persist through Saturday, bringing mostly settled weather to much of the country.

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