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Get ready NZ – here comes the wind

Several stormy days are just hours from getting underway as the Roaring 40s prepare to launch themselves over New Zealand starting later tonight. forecasters say conditions will be very windy and wet over the next 10 to 12 days with the possibility of wind and rain warnings.

Thunderstorms are also expected to spread across the west coast from Fiordland to Northland, including Auckland.  Highest risk will be from midnight tonight until Sunday.

Most at risk from thunderstorms will be Taranaki and the West Coast with saying there is a moderate risk of isolated tornados in those regions too.

There are numerous fronts expected to race across the country over the next week and a half – the trickiest job for forecasters will be the timing of them.

The first front will arrive around midnight tonight for most western areas – but it will move in earlier for the West Coast this evening.

Winds are starting to tilt more westerly ahead of the cold front with strong winds spreading across the nation tonight and tomorrow.

Dangerous seas will also spread up the west coast with swells over 8 metres expected by this weekend. says the storm is moderate in size and strength but the centre will remain well south of New Zealand over the coming 12 days.  Residents shouldn’t worry about the rough weather moving in but should be aware of any Metservice warnings or watches in place – and keep up to date with the latest breaking weather news here at  will have regular updates over the next 10 days. 

We also appreciate hearing from you, our eyes and ears across the country.  Let us know what conditions are like by posting comments below.  We, and other readers, find them incredibly helpful.



Dave on 6/07/2011 12:59am

Quite a hail storm here just before 1pm

nzcoaster on 5/07/2011 12:50pm

I see someone also commenting on The Live lightning Tracker, I also don’t understand all its settings and whatnot other than the basics.
But I have been wondering if it were possible to have like another layer that you could toggle on or off showing weather fronts and isobars in some sort of synchronized way

Just my ponderings and also really appreciate the work that goes into this website
I,m a tad addicted to checking this site out , and greatly enjoy and learn from Philip Duncan’s extended video info, really like the bigger picture he presents.


Alan F on 5/07/2011 10:14am

How about a decent lightning tracker that actually gives us a few ideas about what the + – signs are for and greater detail of where the “ACTION” is taking place.

Doug Bowker on 5/07/2011 9:16am

Just as I was reading this the first sign of the winds picking up in Waimamaku, South Hokianga are occurring. The westerlies are bad for us as our valley is almost due west-east. If heavy rain eventuates then the likelihood of being flooded in ( about 9kms downstream ) is almost a certainty – time for making sure the gas bottle is full and the candles are handy.

It’s been a bitter wind during the day but it has warmed considerably which means thunderstorms are very likely.

JohnGaul on 5/07/2011 8:33am

It should be fine here for much of the period and no severe weather affecting us (here in Canterbury)despite the closeness of the isobars but the potential there is for wind. Temperatures should be cool too despite the wind direction. May be interesting weather along the Southern Alps.


Aimee on 5/07/2011 7:11am

Hi Phil
What kind of sea swells are we going to expect on the East Coast??

WW Forecast Team on 5/07/2011 7:26am

Hi Aimee – not too huge.  Check for more maps – and we have a full story about the swells tomorrow around 8am


Philip Duncan

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