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Campers: 48 hours of windy weather, a burst of rain, then calmer

It’s a blustery day for many in the north today and a few other coastal/exposed places nationwide with 48 hours more of windy weather to come. 

A sizeable low in the Tasman Sea is today at its peak strength and coupled with a large high to the east the ‘squash zone’ lies over the country. The low is going to fall apart as it tracks closer to New Zealand in the next two days so while winds will continue they aren’t likely to increase a lot more for those already dealing with blustery conditions.

Winds peak, very generally, from Tuesday PM to Thursday AM.

Blustery weather will continue across Wednesday and Thursday with winds from the north to north east. Gales are also possible for a time in some marine areas.


Big downpours are possible on Thursday PM in the upper North Island too with a potential for localised flooding as a burst of heavy sub-tropical rain moves through – one to keep an eye on and we’ll have more details on Wednesday about the risk for very heavy Thursday downpours in northern New Zealand.

There is a good news though – winds ease on Thursday night and into Friday with high pressure building for next week meaning plenty of great camping weather is still on the way over the next couple of weeks.

– Noon Wednesday wind map shows more blustery weather around the country – spreading into more areas as the low moves closer (but at the same time the low is weakening from now onwards). Map courtesy 



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