We may have a large high over us but strong winds are affecting the southern regions of both islands reports WeatherWatch.co.nz.
The winds are being caused by the high retreating further north and allowing the outer fringes of the high – where the isobars are – to squeeze up in a couple of areas.
The windiest centre is Invercargill with a near gale westerly and gusts up to 80km/h. The strong winds here are also being created by a small low just off the Southland coast.
In Wellington northerlies are blowing at 40km/h with gusts to 75km/h.
Winds should ease tomorrow in both centres but are likely to pick up again on Friday and into the weekend.
Image / file, David Shone