by Teo Blašković on
An active front over the Tasman Sea will move slowly eastwards across New Zealand on Friday and Saturday, July 16 and 17, 2021. The front will bring heavy rain to the country’s western areas, and northerly gales to much of central and northern New Zealand.
In light of this, New Zealand’s MetService has issued Red Warning for Heavy Rain in northern Westland and Buller from 21:00 LT on Thursday, July 15 until early Saturday, July 16.
This is only the third Red Warning issued by MetService since the color-coded warning system was introduced in 2019. The most recent was for the heavy rain that caused significant flooding in Canterbury at the end of May this year for which a regional state of emergency was declared.
Red Warnings are reserved for the most impactful weather events and are only issued after close consultation with the relevant regional authorities including Council and Civil Defence Emergency Management teams.