Despite warnings of more severe gales today TRN’s Weather Watch Centre is confident there’ll be no repeat of yesterday’s violent winds. Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan explains why. “Yesterday a very intense low brushed the lower part of New Zealand. Today’s set up is quite different as there isn’t a low nearby to fuel the winds, so although the isobars are tightly packed it should lack the violent intensity of yesterday”.
The North Island is relatively calm this morning with folks north of Waikato and Bay of Plenty waking to a calm day. The only places that have gales this morning are exposed mostly uninhabited places such as Castlepoint, Fiordland and southern parts of Stewart Island, where winds are reaching up to 125km/h.
“While the winds will pick up over the country again today, especially in Wairarapa and southern Hawke’s Bay, I doubt populated places will be too exposed”.
The windiest town in New Zealand so far this morning is Gore with gusts around 80km/h.
“Those winds should die right back right across the country this weekend as the first significant high pressure system since September engulfs the entire country. It should be a fantastic weekend for most places”.