Heavy rain forecast for West Coast and Canterbury high country

Heavy rain is expected in the Canterbury High Country from 3pm on Saturday.

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Heavy rain is expected in the Canterbury High Country from 3pm on Saturday.

Drivers on the West Coaster are warned to be careful as heavy rain is expected in the area and the Canterbury high country.

The Waka Kotahi Transport Agency for New Zealand issued a statement on Friday, urging people driving on the West Coast this weekend to be prepared for heavy rain from midnight Friday to Sunday.

MetService said an active front will gradually move northward across the South Island on Friday and over the weekend, bringing heavy rain to the western and southern parts of the island.

Monday was celebrated as Westland Anniversary Day so that more people would travel around the West Coast this weekend.

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An orange heavy rain warning was issued for most of the West Coast (north of Fiordland), with up to 400mm of rain falling in some places. Saturday was expected to be particularly rainy.

Heavy rain was observed for the Canterbury high country until midnight on Sunday and precipitation is expected to approach the “warning criteria” within 15 kilometers of the main divide.

“Heavy precipitation accumulations are not expected to be as high as previously predicted,” MetService said.

“However, there could still be significant impacts in Westland as precipitation amounts in some counties can be unusually heavy.”

Waka Kotahi travel manager Tresca Forrester urged drivers to be more careful, check and check the weather forecast before setting off. traffic and travel map.

“People should be prepared for stormy weather from the north of the South West Region along the Beach and in mountain passes. Heavy rain can reduce drivers’ visibility, so keep your lights on.

Waka Kotahi crews said they were ready to respond in case of slippage and local flooding.

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