Winds ease in northern NZ today but return to the South Island and Wellington/Cook Strait area.
A storm in the Southern Ocean is the reason why gales are moving back up the South Island.
Wellington had gale southerlies yesterday. Later today gale northerlies with gusts over 80km/h are possible, maybe 100km/h tonight.
Big seas and dangerous waves will also be pushed into around the South Island across tomorrow, Thursday.
To drill down deeper don’t forget to check your HOURLY forecasts.
Here are the regional forecasts for Wednesday
Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
A cooler start for southern inland areas, like King Country, otherwise a mix of sun and cloud under high air pressure, bringing lighter variable winds.
Western North Island (including Central North Island)
A cooler start inland then a mix of sun and cloud with clouds increasing later. North to North west winds picking up later, especially around Cook Strait.
Highs: 17 – 21
Eastern North Island
Variable winds due to high pressure although northerlies more likely in Wairarapa while Sou’Easters fading are more likely in Gisborne and Northern Hawke’s Bay. A mix of sun and cloud.
Cloudy or becoming cloudy once again with strong North to NW winds developing, possibly gusting 80 to 100km/h later on.
High: 13 or 14
Marlborough & Nelson
A cool start then North to North West winds picking up today, strong by Wednesday night through Cook Strait. Clouds thickening.
Highs: 18 or 19
A cool start inland then a mix of sun and cloud with high cloud thickening later. Northerly quarter winds strengthening, gale nor’westers later inland near the mountains.
Clouds increasing with rain developing in the south with heavy falls, moving northwards into more populated places by evening. Brisk Northerlies developing.
Highs: 16 – 19
Southland & Otago
Clouds thickening and Northerlies becoming stronger with gales inland. Heavy rain in Fiordland and South Westland may spill over into western Southland and western Otago, otherwise dry.