More weather warnings have been issued this morning now spreading in to the North Island as a storm with Spring characteristics heads north.
14 weather warnings have been issued by government forecaster MetService predicting heavy rain for the entire West Coast and gales gusting to 120km/h in exposed eastern places from Southland to Manawatu and Wairarapa.
All current weather warnings can be found here.
As of 11:30am milder weather was spreading across the nation. Temperatures are already in the mid teens across the upper and eastern parts of the North Island.
Gusty northerlies have developed around the lower North Island with gales now hitting exposed areas like State Highway 2 across the Rimutaka Ranges where winds are gusting close to 100km/h.
Despite the warnings in the South Island conditions remain relatively calm in most populated places. Dunedin appears to be windiest centre with gusts only reaching 50km/h.
on 31/07/2009 3:01am
Temperature sure feels more like spring than winter, up to 20C by 2pm here although is now back to 18C with the sun behind a strip of Lenticular to the west.
Hardly any wind still although slowly getting abit more breezier from the NW, nothing like what was predicted though.
The scatterd clouds higher up are motoring along but nothing down here.
on 31/07/2009 2:13am
The northwesterly is just picking up in central Chch. Quite often the case here that severe northwesterly gales spare us, while hammering inland areas.