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Winds picking up over far north

Wind gusts near 130kph are lashing Cape Reinga this morning and nudging 100kph at one or two other locations in exposed parts of Northland. predicted the winds to rise and rain associated with this incoming system is expected to settle over much of Northland and Auckland by later this afternoon.

We’ll be monitoring the situation throughout the day.

Current temperatures of the main centres as of 7.30am

Auckland – 18 degrees with an easterly gusting 50kph

Hamilton – 13 degrees and an easterly breeze near 20kph

Tauranga – 16 degrees with a sou’ east breeze

Wellington – A light northerly and 8 degrees

Christchurch – Misty areas with a sou’ west breeze and 8 degrees

Dunedin – A light northerly with 6 degrees





Gina on 30/04/2011 10:25pm

Can we still expect the heavy rain from lunchtime?

WW Forecast Team on 30/04/2011 10:43pm

Hi there, our latest data shows it won’t be as widespread as what MetService was predicting yesterday, but heavy rain is still likely in some eastern areas this afternoon and during Monday morning. 

– Cheers, WeatherWatch Weekends

EDIT:  Please note Metservice has downgraded their Northland warning – almost halving the predicted rain: Heavy Rain Warning, Areas Affected: Northland In the 24 hours from about midday Sunday to midday Monday, expect up to 120mm of rain in the eastern hills. Peak intensities of 15mm per hour at times. Lesser amounts are expected elsewhere.  

Guest on 30/04/2011 10:12pm

There appears to be a band of heavier rain across the Auckland area at this time. Is this the frontal band referred to in the weather reports?

WW Forecast Team on 30/04/2011 10:40pm

We expect any rain bands today to be very weak (air pressure is still very high over Auckland and the low is still quite a distance away).  So if you’re looking at rain radar images expect those rain bands to disintegrate a fair bit as they head south – ending up as just a few showers over Auckland today.  Rain is more likely tomorrow (or maybe overnight).

– Cheers, WeatherWatch Weekends

sw on 30/04/2011 8:19pm

Certainly pay the price for the warmer weather in the north,rain and wind.

Guest on 30/04/2011 8:16pm

yep the wind is quite strong here on the Pouto Peninsular(Dargaville Region) and the rain has just started

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