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– Winds reach 130km/h in the far South

– Christchurch: Overnight low warmer than daytime high!
It’s wild, windy and wet in parts of the South Island.
Nor’Westers have been hammering away overnight in parts of the Mainland with unseasonably warm temperatures.
South Island Weather Analyst Richard Green says the strong winds are keeping the temperatures warm.  “Up until 6 o’clock this morning, Christchurch had a minimum of 14 degrees which is 12 degrees above the usual minimum and 3 degrees above the daily high”.  It was also 15 degrees in Dunedin this morning.
Nor’Westers have been gusting over 100 kph in some inland areas and again with temperatures in the mid teens, a distant cry from the hoar frosts of a few weeks ago.  Current readings show winds of 130km/h blasting Stewart Island and winds gusting to gale force in Christchurch.
Heavy rain has also begun in the South West corner of the South Island.  “Rain is beginning to spill over the mountain ranges and into some lower lying inland areas in the deep south.  More of the heavy stuff is due until late tomorrow, so if you’re tramping in many parts of the Central and Southern inland areas of the Mainland this weekend, keep an eye on rising rivers” says Green.
MetService was forecasting up to 350mm in parts of the ranges over the next 36 hours.
In the North Island severe gales are blasting Castlepoint, with the hilltops in Wellington getting gusts to 90km/h. 
– Very warm across New Zealand, parts of Aucklandand Northland didn’t drop below 14 degrees last night.
– Some heavy showers north of Auckland and over Waiheke Island this morning. 



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