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Gales roar back into Auckland

Following a morning of heavy showers, hail and isolated thunder Aucklanders now have some of their strongest winds this week with gale force south westerlies across much of the city.

And if you think it’s cold – you’re right. estimates the wind chill is around 6 degrees as of 1pm in the gusts.

Gale force winds are currently being recorded at Auckland Airport, the Manukau Heads and across Auckland Harbour with gusts around 100 to 115km/h over the city.  Gusts within the CBD may be even higher due to the wind tunnel effect caused by high rise buildings. says it’s possible more trees may be damaged in the winds which could lead to more power cuts. 

Weather analyst Philip Duncan says the showers are starting to ease though – for now.  “We’re seeing showers clearing and with it so are the squally conditions.  It’s these squalls that have caused most of the damage across Auckland lately, as they can often be violent and come out of no where”.

But it appears the easing in showers will be short lived.  A new cold front will tonight race up the west coast and reach Auckland in the early on Thursday morning, again bringing squalls, hail and the risk of damaging gales.

Mr Duncan says conditions after that should then finally start to ease for the city.


sw on 22/09/2010 2:13am

We are always told Wellington is windy,I think we get more than our fair share in Auckland,hence I call Auckland city of gales(sails).

Sarah B on 22/09/2010 1:26am

This morning I had to meet the farrier down in Whitford at my horses field. We started OK but the black clouds came over and a very strong wind picked up…. it started raining… Farrier said ” I dont do rain” and shot into his car closing the doors. Im left holding excited and half shod horse as the rain turns into hail…. only thing I could think of doing was sheltering at the side of my car…. luckily its a big old 4wd and I kneeled down at the back wheel whilst my horse (luckily hes only small!) tucked himself right in behind me… what a sight we mustve looked! I didn’t have gloves on and my hands were frozen, I swear I havnt been that cold here since I lived in England over 5 years ago!! I still think the weather is mild here and I never say it was cold but this morning’s weather was really cold!! Driving home I had to avoid several big branches blown down across the roads… please tell us this horrible weather is gonna stop soon!!

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