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Strong winds blast Wellington, Canterbury, Southland

Strong to gale force winds are blowing across the lower North Island and southern and eastern regions of the South Island this afternoon.

In Wellington a gale force northerly is gusting to 85km/h in the city and over 100km/h on the hill tops.  Passengers flying and out of the capital over the next 18 hours can expect bumpy conditions.

It’s a similar story for passengers flying in to Christchurch, Queenstown or Invercargill with strong winds in the area.  In Christchurch a west to north west wind is hitting 70km/h, it’s predicted that inland it would be closer to 100km/h.

Near gale westerlies are blowing across exposed parts of Southland with gusts around 90km/h.

The strongest wind gust last hour was at Castlepoint, Wairarapa, reaching 120km/h.


David New Brighton on 18/12/2009 2:26am’s currently 23.5 deg C with a light nor’wester and middle/high cloud cover, after a sunny morning with a moderate nor’wester at the most, and a high of 30 deg C…second day over 30 deg for December, so far…

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