While Aucklanders are finally enjoying clear skies and light winds this morning Wellingtonians are instead dealing with severe gales as a low pressure system moves back towards New Zealand.
The low is driving in a cold southerly which is gale force through Wellington with gusts to 100km/h in the city and up to 135km/h on the remote hilltops.
MetService expects winds to strengthen further this afternoon.
Gales are also pounding Banks Peninsula where the average wind speed at Akaroa is 80km/h. Kaikoura also has gales gusting close to 100km/h.
But the wind is currently confined to a relatively small area. Further south in Timaru winds are light and it’s a similar story further north in New Plymouth.
MetService has issued a number of rain, wind and snow warnings for eastern and central regions. You’ll find all their current warnings here.
on 23/05/2009 1:40am
Intermittent mod rain set in here shortly before 1pm, with a fresh to strong gusty SSW ; Temp 8 deg…
Rainfall total since last Tuesday 19th till today 68.5mm…so far for the month of May, total is 146.6mm…that would be a respectable winter month total for AK!