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Blustery weather hits NZ

Gusty winds are pushing across New Zealand but are below gale force in most places.

Auckland is being hit by winds that are just a little over 10km/h shy of gale force (62km/h) as the blustery sou’wester continues.

Dunedin and Christchurch are also being affected by a similar sou’wester and in Wellington the cools southerly continues, averaging around 35km/h and gusting over 50km/h this past hour.

The strong winds are likely to continue until evening when they are expected to ease back a little.

Tomorrow the blustery winds will ease in western and northern regions but Wellington and eastern parts of the country may still experience gusty conditions until evening.

The weekend looks settled everywhere thanks to a large high moving in.

Squally showers have also been hitting the upper North Island however latest maps show them easing significantly by evening.

Image — squally downpour hits Auckland this week /



Guest on 7/04/2011 4:47am

Any early indications on what the weather will do over Hamilton for the V8’s?

WW Forecast Team on 7/04/2011 5:08am

10% risk of a shower with a southerly change for the start of the weekend.  That’s all we have at this stage.  It does appear as though winds could be southerly or south’easterly.  If this is the case expect sunny, dry, weather.   But in saying that some models are predicting two large lows near the country at the end of next week.  For now our data says mostly dry for Hamilton next Friday and Saturday.

– WeatherWatch

sw on 7/04/2011 3:40am

Much worse now its gone more SW this afternoon the rain is horizontal,the needles blow up and across and now the winds whistling and trees booming.

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