It’s been an incredibly rough two days in Aucklandwith another night of violent weather overnight. Gales up to 115km/h are still roaring across the city accompanied by very heavy downpours and at 1:30am yet another set of loud thunderstorms. “This is October and this is Spring” says Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan. “I guess Aucklanders were spoilt with such warm, settled weather in September”.
Last night an incredible downpour brought 5pm traffic to a near standstill with surface flooding across Western and Northern suburbs.
This morning winds are still gusting to well over 100km/h in the city with more heavy downpours on the way, with possibly a few hail storms.
Elsewhere across New Zealand and our South Island weather analyst Richard Green says Christchurch was battered by strong winds well in to gale force as a cold southerly roared into life overnight. The wind chill is minus 1 in the city this morning.
Further south it feels like minus 4 degrees in Dunedinas a bitterly cold southerly moves in.
But there is good news for both Islands. Aucklanders should sleep better tonight as both winds and showers die out. And in the South, those cold southerlies will be replaced with warmer nor’westers again later today – and they’ll spread to the North Island.
But that means strong winds will return tomorrow to places like Christchurch and Wellington, with winds up to gale force and yet another cold snap spreading up the country on Friday.
“This is the absolute text book ‘yo-yo’ weather pattern of Spring” says Duncan. “Make the most of quiet night tonight to catch up on some sleep!”.