Windy weather continues to spread across the North Island this afternoon with gusty conditions across Auckland and right down the east coast.
The government forecaster is also closely monitoring the winds placing a severe weather watch for Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay suggesting gusts may reach 100km/h or more.
In Auckland gusts are exceeding 70km/h in exposed areas with most residential areas feeling gusts of 65km/h from time to time.
The wind direction in Auckland is a westerly.
70km/h appears to be the limit for most regions with the Far North, New Plymouth and inland Hawkes Bay all seeing gusts to this mark.
WeatherWatch.co.nz doesn’t expect winds to strengthen much more however says isolated squalls may see localised gusts up to and over 100km/h as a the cold front moves north.
According to the latest rain radar images the shower activity moving along the west coast of the North Island looks lumpy and heavy with the heaviest showers now just off Auckland’s coast.
Homepage image/ Franz Krippner
on 27/07/2010 4:23am
Very lumpy showers here with a drop in temperature. More coming in the west as at 4.20.
It would be no great surprise to see a tornado somewhere locally, it is that type of weather.
on 27/07/2010 7:40am
tell me about it!
sitting stuck in wellington airport waiting on replacement plane due to successful damaging lightning strike on jetstar flight in bound to akl
its only a 4 hour delay!
on 27/07/2010 3:45am
No way 65kmh here,maybe 30kmh gusts maximum late afternoon for a short time,now mostly calm,but again its a westerly not southwest.