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Heavy rain and gales for parts of NZ

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An active trough is expected to move northeast over central New Zealand overnight Wednesday and during Thursday morning and then onto the upper North Island. A band of heavy rain associated with this trough should move northwards during Thursday. Although the rain is expected to ease behind this trough, the flow is likely to remain northwest and further periods of heavy rain are possible about the West Coast and Alps into the weekend.

A heavy rain Warning is in force for Fiordland, the ranges of Buller and northwest Nelson, the Tararua Range, Taranaki and the central North Island high country.

This WATCH is for the likelihood of HEAVY RAIN in:

Remaining ranges of NELSON, including the Richmond Range:

A period of heavy rain is expected through to early Thursday morning.

Accumulations may approach warning criteria.

The ranges of eastern BAY OF PLENTY:

A period of heavy rain is expected Thursday night and during Friday.

In addition, northwest gales are expected in exposed parts of the lower North Island. A severe gale Warning is in force for Wellington and Wairarapa south of Masterton.

This WATCH is for the possibility of SEVERE NORTHWEST GALES in:


Northwest gales could become severe in exposed places through to mid Thursday morning.

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts.Some of these areas may be upgraded to a full Warning and areas may be added to this Watch.

The watch for heavy rain in Fiordland south of Doubtful Sound has been upgraded to a warning.

The watch for Severe northwest gales about the Canterbury coast and Plains is lifted.

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