Severe gales are blowing across the lower North Island this morning after moving up the South Island overnight. Some area are receiving hurricane force gusts – where winds are averaging over 120km/h for a time. In fact, parts of Wairarapa have had sustained winds near hurricane force (only a few km/h shy) and gusting over 180km/h at the Castlepoint lighthouse.
Severe gales will blow across today then ease into Saturday/Sunday for northern NZ — but on Sunday severe gales return to the South Island, again reaching the lower North Island by Monday.
Classic spring weather!
Keep up to date with hyper-local wind forecasts via www.RuralWeather.co.nz
Please note, winds today are actually going off the key on our map, with gusts 160 to 180km/h in Wairarapa and surrounding ranges. Earlier this week WeatherWatch forecasts winds of 160km/h for today in the lower North Island.