The Top Half of the North Island is in for a rough night with winds hitting gale force in a number of centres reports WeatherWatch.co.nz.
Gales, severe at times, are affecting Cape Reinga with 100km/h easterlies gusting to 135km/h in the past hour, according to NewstalkZB.
In Auckland gale force easterlies gusting to 80km/h are affecting exposed places. A comment posted on WeatherWatch.co.nz’s Auckland forecast page says “The wind in the CBD seems to be increasing – the sound of things flying off balconies and breaking is constant!”.
Map showing wind this afternoon over the Top Half/ Weathermap.co.nz
WeatherWatch.co.nz says the winds will peak this evening in Northland and Auckland with strongest winds expected between the Bay of Islands in the north, to Dargaville in the west and Torbay, north Auckland, in the south.
The severe gales in the Far North will ease overnight and die back to light winds by dawn tomorrow.
However as the winds ease in the Far North they will pick up in the south with damaging gales possible about eastern Waikato overnight and during Monday particularly. WeatherWatch.co.nz says east to north east wind gusts may reach 130km/h in exposed places along the western slopes of the Kaimai Ranges, including the township of Te Aroha.
Rain has set in across eastern parts of Northland and is now just arriving in Auckland.
Rain warnings are still in place for Northland, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and Rotorua.
on 3/05/2011 12:32am
North Easterly just kicked in at Whangarei Heads – rain continuing to strengthen – very humid – it certainly feels like thunder.
on 3/05/2011 12:44am
Good timing – thunder now here!
on 1/05/2011 10:46am
Raining and there’s some sporadic gusts, but mainly a rather nice warm breeze. Southeast I think? Hard to tell because its quite swirly.
on 1/05/2011 8:37am
Gale force north east winds most of the day. Starting to ease slightly and the rain has now arrived and the barometer’s started falling. A lot of leaf litter around and while a lot of rattling no damage.
on 1/05/2011 8:36am
Windy night here in Te Aroha, some of the gusts are shaking the house (and disrupting Sky!!)
on 1/05/2011 8:28am
Starting to get some strong wind gusts now. Candles at the ready, just in case the power goes out tonight.
on 1/05/2011 8:06am
Winds in Te Aroha our starting to get up there north-north east winds could be in for a rough night
thanks you guys do a great job.
on 1/05/2011 7:37am
Hi there, in Te Puke wind getting up now, Average wind speed 15.1 km/h gusting to 35.5km/h, still no rain.
on 1/05/2011 7:25am
Really nasty gusts and driving rain for hours now