An aggressive southerly has arrived in Wellington this afternoon with winds gusting over 120km/h and causing the temperature to drop 11 degrees in just over 30 minutes reports WeatherWatch.co.nz.
At its peak, at 4:36pm, winds averaged near 100km/h with gusts to 122km/h.
The temperature fell from 19.9 degrees to 9.0.
There are reports of hail and power outages.
As of 5pm the gale force southerlies continues with gusts over 90km/h. It is still cold, just 9.1 degrees.
On Mt Kaukau where the radio and TV transmitters are winds reached near 150km/h.
on 14/08/2011 4:32am
snow in Karori 4.31pm
on 14/03/2010 8:22pm
The storm was PREDICTABLE: there is no reason why Wellington should have been caught unawares. The weather radar showed thunderstorms rapidly moving north from Canterbury to Kaikoura in the few hours beforehand. A severe thunderstorm watch should have been issued, but I guess it didn’t happen to coincide with their schedule for updating watches and warnings!
I was in Otari-Wilton’s Bush reserve yesterday, and a very large and probably quite old tree had been blown down right across one of the main paths and I was speaking to a lady who was there at the time who confirmed that it happened during Friday’s storm- this doesn’t seem to have been reported anywhere in the news as far as I can see.
on 12/03/2010 5:49am
Our windows were blown in at work