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Rough for some overnight as large low begins departure

Strong winds and heavy rain are yet to arrive for some regions as a large area of low pressure crosses New Zealand.

The low – which was created by the remnants of two ex-tropical cyclones and a Southern Ocean low that came from Victoria – is currently centred over New Zealand. 

Calm in the eye of the storm is a term that best describes the set up at the moment with fairly light winds for most regions as we head into Tuesday evening.

However strong winds are still to come for a few regions.  According to MetService weather charts a strong southerly change will push into Southland tomorrow morning with strong to gale force winds expected there.

Tonight strong, gusty winds will also affect the east coast of the North Island as nor’westers crank up with gusty conditions along the West Coast overnight and across tomorrow too.

By tomorrow night calm weather is expected with settled weather for most on Thursday.

Weather highlights of 6:30pm

  • Northerlies gusting to 70km/h at Auckland Airport
  • Gales across Auckland Harbour
  • Gusty northerly in Hawera, Taranaki
  • Wanganui, Levin and Ohakea on 30 degrees
  • Palmerston North still on 31 degrees
  • Wellington 26 degrees
  • 100% humidity in Christchurch


Oceans Girl on 18/01/2011 9:49am

I have an outdoor event planned over the next week:
Wed/thurs/Fri Tauranga
Sat/Sun/Mon Whangamata

Forecast on rain and wind?


Guest on 18/01/2011 9:10am

My youngest daughter is camping (for the first time with family friends) in Raglan ,( I am in NP, Taranaki), what type of conditions can they expect overnight & tomorrow?

WW Forecast Team on 18/01/2011 9:15am

Showers and gusty winds from time to time tonight,… strong winds tomorrow.  Nothing severe at this stage though.


– WeatherWatch

Sarah on 18/01/2011 8:02am

First of love your site!! Just wondering if we are expecting any rain our way? Had minimum amount today and really need some to fill the water tanks!!

WW Forecast Team on 18/01/2011 8:07am

Hi Sarah – thanks very much for the feedback.

The satellite map shows only low level cloud and drizzly/light rain ahead for tonight – but a new front is forming (its around Norfolk Island and dropping into the Tasman) which may – MAY – bring a heavy downpour before or around dawn tomorrow.  Other than that, not much more on the way – but rain in the forecast for this weekend.



David - New Brighton on 18/01/2011 7:43am

Cloudy ( stratus/altostratus) with a light easterly breeze, T 16 deg C, RH 88%, 981.0 mb falling slightly…rainfall total since this morning 24.5 mm

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