Another week of westerly winds reaching gale force is on the cards for many parts of the country this week. A large high over Australia and the western Tasman combined with deep lows in the Southern Ocean means the winds will be from the South West or West and will be gusty at times.
“It will almost be wintry with more squally showers today and again later in the week. The winds will be strong at times right across New Zealand, will cooler conditions in the west and north and warmer weather in the east” says the Radio Network’s head weather analyst. “Gales are likely again right across New Zealand any day this week – but especially the next 3 days”.
MetService has issued 5 severe wind warnins from Wellington to Hawke’s Bay today, expecting gusts to 140km/h in some areas later today and overnight.
Will it clear by Labour Weekend?
“At this stage it’s looking to set to be less windy but cooler for Labour Weekend, with the best weather in northern areas. Showers clearing with southerlies turning south west is the basic forecast at this stage. But it’s Spring and things are changeable”. The Weather Watch Centre will issue the main Labour Weekend forecast for New Zealand on Wednesday.