A low with all the characteristics of a spring storm is quickly moving towards the country and will bring severe weather to both islands says WeatherWatch.co.nz.
MetService has today issued 21 severe weather warnings covering both heavy rain and severe gales.
Heavy rain will affecting mountainous and hilly terrain along the west coast from Taranaki/Central Plateau to Fiordland. The rain is expected to set in tonight. Heavy rain is also predicted for the Kapiti Coast and Hutt Valley.
In eastern areas north westerlies will rise to gale force around midnight tonight with gusts up to 130km/h. Areas most exposed will be Wellington, Wairarapa, Marlborough and inland Canterbury, although winds may be just a little lighter in Canterbury, gusting to 120km/h.
WeatherWatch.co.nz says the wind flow has already helped surge temperatures into the mid 20s across many main centres of the North Island.
Currently it’s already 28 degrees in Gisborne and 27 in Hastings.
on 11/12/2009 10:33pm
On the radio today we getting weather warnings of high winds,looking at several private sites Chch and Wgtn both have no max.winds greater than 30 knots(about 51 kmph).Auckland gets these speeds all the time in the SW flows over the last few weeks prior to the NW system.No/few warnings are often given in these situations.Perhaps the winds are yet to still increase.