Gale force winds are blasting Auckland tonight as a low continues to deepen north of New Zealand.
Exposed parts of Auckland, particularly along the eastern coastline, are most affected.
Winds averaging 70km/h and gusting to 85km/h are affecting Auckland harbour and coastal properties facing east, while gusts between 100 and 120km/h roar across the Hauraki Gulf and it’s islands.
Gusts over 70km/h are also affecting Whangarei.
Earlier WeatherWatch.co.nz predicted winds would strengthen further before midnight and expects some along the eastern coastline may have a rough sleep with gusty winds continuing well into Monday. Winds are likely to build a little more over the next hour or two however at this stage aren’t predicted to be much worse.
A band of heavy rain has tonight stalling over Auckland and Coromandel Peninsula, also eastern coastal parts of Northland south of Whangarei.
Despite the strong winds it’s the heavy rain that is likely to cause problems. Motorists are urged to drive with caution tonight as heavy rain creates potential surface flooding across northern New Zealand.
Conditions on the Auckland Harbour Bridge are also predicted to be rough with heavy rain and gale force winds over 100km/h buffeting the top.
on 4/07/2010 9:02am
Why is it stronger in the west of Auckland than east, based on reading some of the comments posted on here?
I’m in the east, and it’s just a moderate breeze here, gusting 34km/h. We’re not sheltered from the E/SE (have had damaging winds from that direction in the past) I love my storms and feel like we’re missing out…..again
on 4/07/2010 9:11am
I think it’s possibly just the reports we’re getting. The winds are definitely stronger north of about the CBD across all of the city, but the observations show the east coast has worse winds north of the CBD. Gales in Whangaparaoa and Auckland Harbours.
Winds are lighter at Auckland Airport though.
– WeatherWatch Weekend Team
on 4/07/2010 2:59pm
I’m in Matakana north of Auckland. It has been blowing a gale here all night. It is 3am Monday & it is still blasting us. Hope it ends soon.
on 4/07/2010 8:39am
Here in Kaukapakapa the wind has increased dramatically after dark. our house is continuously shaking with the wind. some trees have also already fallen over.
on 4/07/2010 7:53am
Hi there, its still calm in Tauranga, no rain yet today, is there much coming for us in the bay?
on 4/07/2010 7:56am
Rain will develop this evening for you with strong winds kicking in after midnight.
WeatherWatch weekend team
on 4/07/2010 6:55am
Sweet. About time Auckland had a good storm. Too bad I’ll be snoozin.