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Southerlies in the Strait – Weather risks for Wednesday

It’s shaping up to be a fairly calm sort of a day for most of the country – though as usual there are a few exceptions to the rule.

Southerly winds will be pushing through Cook Strait today, gusting to gale force at times, and into Wellington – though these are of course nothing they haven’t seen before.

Wind is also a concern to our east, with the Chatham Islands again in the firing line – with strong southwesterly winds and big swells a definite risk for residents there – more information on swells and wind speeds is available on our interactive maps page, here.

– Aaron Wilkinson & Drew Chappell,

– Map: Google


cupoteacoast on 17/03/2015 10:31pm

In Paekakariki we’ve had appalling wind from that cyclone. The further it pushed into the Southern Ocean, the worse it got. A cold wind. I haven’t been outside to see what the carnage is yet, but there is a branch down in my front lawn. Once Pam was over Chathams, it was diabolical here again. A lot of gusts around 160-180 km/h. SE is always bad here and it can even out blow or turn westerlies around. Today’s cold southerly is just an extension to that here, as it hasn’t stopped blowing since Pam. We are in an Autumn-Winter pattern now, as the Baring Head upper winds outblew the last two westerly fronts here. The Southerlies were exceptionally strong in February, so I’m picking we are in for a strong season. Hope not.

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