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Centre of low moving in to Auckland says the centre of the low responsible for today’s weather dramas across the North Island is now moving into northern parts of the greater Auckland region. says within the next hour the strong winds should ease temporarily. 

Latest weather observations across the Far North and upper parts of Northland show a change to sou’westers.

The air pressure is also rising at the northern weather stations – a sign the centre of the low is now moving away from the Far North as it moves towards Auckland.

Meanwhile some parts of Auckland are still being belted by gusty winds, but not everyone is exposed to them.  Some reports coming in to speak of “not a breath of wind” while others report “a howling gale”.

Whangaparaoa and the North Shore appear to be getting the strongest winds based on comments sent in to  This would make sense with the winds coming from the north east direction straight off the sea.

The air pressure in Auckland is still falling as the low approaches however winds should start to ease as the low’s centre gets closer (and the air pressure evens out). says tonight’s winds will contribute to higher sea levels at the next King Tide at 11:21pm.

It is expected more roads will go underwater tonight as a storm surge, kind tide and gales combine.

A strong south west wind will push back into Auckland behind the centre of the low in the early hours of Monday. 



Guest Grant on 23/01/2011 7:42pm

Hi! wanting to paint a vessel outside this week starting tomorrow. it will be about 3-4 days work and must be finished by Sunday. Call it off or not?

Guest on 23/01/2011 6:02pm

Still southwest and windy here. Not that much rain – only about 20mm. 16 degrees outside.

eliza on 23/01/2011 11:31am

Hey team da wind hs eased however can u give us an update on wats instored for south aucklamd manukau area?

WW Forecast Team on 23/01/2011 5:59pm

Strong to gale force sou’westers today – and some morning rain/showers.  Both easing this afternoon and evening.

– WeatherWatch

Brendan Pratt on 23/01/2011 10:53am

Last up day for the day. The moon is out and its not raining here at the mo, here are the stats from my weather station at the mo

Current data for FrameIT Weather Station
Sunday, 23 January 2011 11:50:01 p.m.

Temperature (°C):
Current 21.7
Trend (per hour) 0
Average today 20.2
Wind chill 21.7
Heat Index 21.7
Dew Point 21.5
Rel Humidity 99%

Wind (km/h):
Current Gust 18.4 E
Average Speed 5.7 ENE

Rainfall (mm):
Current rate 0.0
Last hour 0.0
Total today 135.6
Total yesterday 21.3
Total this month 187.5
Total this year 187.5

Pressure (hPa):
Current 996.4
Trend (per hour) -0.1


ReyRey on 23/01/2011 10:15am

Anyone in Maraetai ATM? Just wanting to know what the situation is like there right now… Stay safe everyone…

Sarah B on 23/01/2011 10:41am

My fiance is a fire fighter and is there at the moment…. I have a friend there now who says its pretty bad but thats all I know sorry. Its gonna be a long night!

Jeanine on 23/01/2011 10:12am

Hi there, we are up on Pakiri Ridge in Leigh and some of those gusts tonight have been scary (and we are use to wild windy weather up here!). Even the toilet water is sloshing.

Sarah B on 23/01/2011 10:00am

The fire siren has just gone again here in Beachlands, its high tide right about now so Im guessing its maybe more flooding down at Maraetai?

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