Severe gales for central NZ overnight

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Gale force winds will rise to severe gale (120km/h) overnight tonight through central predicts the government forecaster, which today issued wind warnings for lower North Island and upper South Island regions.

The strong winds precede a cold, stormy, change which will spread across the North Island during Sunday - ending the Indian Summer which has been experienced across much of the North Island recently.

Metservice warnings as of 4:35pm Saturday

Strong Wind Warning, Areas Affected: Exposed parts of Wairarapa, Wellington and Marlborough

Another spell of northwest gales is expected overnight Saturday and Sunday morning, with possible severe gale gusts of 120 km/h between 2am and 10am Sunday, especially about exposed hill tops and headlands. 


Heavy rain in Wellington

Had heavy rain this morning but seems to be easing. Surface flooding in Wainuiomata and news indicates it has happened in the rest of the Wellington area.
We had warnings of gales, but no severe watch or warning for heavy rain, even in the latest warning (it seems that anyway updates to warnings are not given before 9 a.m. even if it pours at 6!)

Was more than surface

Was more than surface flooding, as you will have seen from the news.
Went into a shop in Wainuiomata about midday Sunday (long after the rain had stopped) and their carpet was soaked in a number of places.