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Another windy blast coming Thurs/Fri

Another big windy blast is coming for New Zealand, this time on Thursday and Friday as spring winds make a come back after a fairly quiet month or so. forecasters say the next surge of wind will start to build on Wednesday peaking on Thursday and Friday then easing this coming weekend and will affect the entire nation.

“From Stewart Island to the Far North this very strong south west blast will make for a very windy end to the week” says Head weather analyst Philip Duncan.

Mr Duncan says in the Deep South the winds will be much colder with some places in the south east, between Dunedin and Invercargill, possibly struggling to make double digit highs or at least teen highs.

“This is very typical spring weather although it’s possibly running a little later than previous years.  My feeling is that the frequency of wind events will ease in December but that spring conditions will continue for a few more weeks, possibly right up until Christmas”.

Mr Duncan says long range models show more highs for New Zealand in early December but the strong westerlies will still come and go.  “The strong spring westerlies appear to be overriding the weak La Nina pattern at the moment so we have no significant rain makers on the way for northern New Zealand in the next week or so”.

On Monday gusts in Wellington reached 130km/h while gale westerlies pushed vehicles about on Auckland’s Harbour Bridge. readers reported some minor damage but nothing significant across the North Island on Monday afternoon.

Image / Wind map as of Friday shows strong to gale force winds over many areas – see our Maps page here



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