Gales, then get ready for the cold…
A cold front is moving towards New Zealand and preceding it are very strong, dry north west winds. MetService, who provide official warnings, have issued severe wind warnings for Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa and all regions south of Dunedin. “Winds may gust up to 120km/h” the statement says. MetService expect the worst of the wind to be during daylight hours today.
TRN’s Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan says the country should brace itself for a big cold snap, on the way this Thursday, Friday and across the weekend. “There will be snow to low levels and temperatures will plummet”.
The Weather Watch Centre will closely monitor the first big Winter storm of the year, and will release an in-depth story this evening (Tuesday) for use in news & on-air Wednesday.