Winds at the centre of the Tasman Sea low were sustained at 90km/h last night now making it a strong storm however it remains relatively small.
The low is now parallel with the Far North but is located close to the middle of the Tasman Sea. The clouds are spiraling around what looks like an ‘eye’, an area in the centre with no cloud cover.
Gales blasted Cape Reinga over night and remain to do so this morning. Winds there are also averaging 90km/h with gusts around 120km/h.
Winds across the Hauraki Gulf and Auckland Harbour have reached gale force with gusts up to 85km/h.
It’s a mild start across the top part of the country this morning with temperatures in Auckland and Northland around the 17 and 18 degree mark, with similar temperatures expected for dawn services tomorrow in these regions – significantly warmer than previous years and a degree or two warmer than WeatherWatch.co.nz predicted yesterday.
The strong winds remain north of Waikato however will drift further south over the North Island during this afternoon.
Lower Hutt, Levin and Ohakea are the coolest North Island centres at sunrise with just 6 degrees… it’s 7 in Taupo.
In the South Island cloud cover is now rolling in from the Tasman storm. It’s a cold morning especially south of Banks Peninsula where skies are mostly clear. Further north cloud cover has warmed things up a bit.
A clear example of this is it’s currently 9 degrees in Kaikoura but only 2 in Christchurch and Timaru, 1 in Dunedin, Invercargill and Wanaka and 0 in Queenstown and Lumsden.
A few light showers over Northland, Great Barrier Island and northern Coromandel Peninsula also on the West Coast north of Greymouth.
We don’t anticipate much change in the next few hours, our next update will be later this morning.
on 17/09/2010 2:17pm
A tree fell on my house, I needed some firewood…it broke a window..I don’t know how bad roof is damage as is too dark and windy to check that out…I live in Kaitaia…and have no idear who to ask for help…
on 24/04/2009 12:58am
At last NE winds,after weeks and weeks of southerly quarter winds,clearing some of the leaves and pine needles especially on the roof.
on 23/04/2009 8:46pm
It looks to be another nice day here, lots of blue sky with little light clouds, no wind, mountain in full view, another cracker day? however would love to see some rain our way? water tanks all near empty, as last lot of rain did’nt add up to much! but you can keep the wind!