Winds gusted up to 130km/h in Wellington City last night – which is hurricane force – cancelling flights, causing some damage and no doubt making for a restless sleep. But the latest news from the Radio Network’s Weather Watch Centre is that there is more severe wind on the way.
“With lows moving across southern New Zealand and a very large high to the north east of the country, Wellington and other central regions are all in the ‘squash zone’ “ says Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan. “The air pressure between these two systems drops significantly and that creates very strong winds and with Wellington’s geographical nature it means the nor’westers reach severe gale force”.
MetService has a wind warning out today warning of winds of up to 120km/h tonight in Wellington, Wairarapa and Hawke’s Bay – but the Weather Watch Centre is picking even more severe winds overnight Saturday and into Sunday. Duncan warns there could be further damage to trees, signs, power lines and even roofs with gusts potentially reaching hurricane force again.
“Further flight delays or cancellations in and out of the Capital are also a possibility this weekend so it will definitely pay to keep tabs on the latest flight information”.
Winds have eased significantly so far today with gusts to just 40km/h in the city and only 50km/h on the hill tops.