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Damaging severe gales move into the lower North Island – more gales for both islands in the days ahead (+3 Maps)

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!

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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.


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