Strong winds hit Tasmania, now NZ's turn


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The high spring winds that hit Tasmania on Tuesday gusted up to 120km/h with more strong and cold winds expected during the week ahead - and it's all coming towards New Zealand too.

Most of Tasmania continues to feel the strong and cold southwesterly winds with gusts being reported over 100km/h yesterday.

Some of the highest winds were felt late Tuesday with the maximum gust reported at Maatsuyker Island at 120km/h.

These winds are due to a strong westerly wind flow and frequent frontal passages. High pressure systems over mainland Australia have tended to shun the main weather systems south with the faster jetstream. The colder air over the Southern Ocean mixes with some warmer air coming of the main land and strong fast moving frontal systems are born.

This pattern of fast moving fronts and strong winds look to continue for Tasmania and New Zealand during the today with this weekend looking similar for Tasmania as the past few days with strong winds and cold surges.

This next surge will reach New Zealand on Monday, mostly for the North Island.

- Homepage image / File, Sam Hall

- Weatherzone and WeatherWatch.co.nz