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Severe winds are continuing to blast across New Zealand today with westerlies gusting to gale force in most main centres in the North Island.    Exposed parts of Auckland are being battered about by gusts to 115km/h, with downtown Auckland receiving some hefty gusts between the high rise buildings. 
Gales gusting to 70km/h are also affecting East Cape and Hawke’s Bay towns and everywhere south of Central Plateau.
Meanwhile a rash of thunderstorms rumbled over Wanganui late this morning causing minor surface flooding.  The band of thunderstorms is moving northwards and is likely to affect Waikato, Auckland and Northland tonight.  The latest lightning tracker shows a line of thunderstorms from Wanganui up to Raglan.
The South Island is also taking a hammering today with winds gusting to gale force north of Christchurch, while in Southland and Otago the predicted cold snap has arrived.  “it’s just 5 or 6 degrees in Southland at the moment along with a strong southerly.  The wind chill will be below zero” says the Radio Network’s head weather analyst Philip Duncan.
Another windy day is likely tomorrow but showers and winds will ease during the day for most places.



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