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Windy Wellington living up to its name

Northerlies have picked up in the Capital and are gusting just over 50kph occasionally this evening but are expected to increase in intensity over the following 48 hours.

Conditions are bound to be made more uncomfortable over the next couple of days with passing showers and rainy periods as the wind whips up.

It’s not expected to be anything out of the ordinary as the wind blows through the strait but its a blustery welcome to the beginning of Autumn.



sw on 28/02/2011 9:26am

Should mention the days Wellie has no wind on too,theres quite a number of them.All places have their vunerability.Wellington this instance in a true NW direction,Palmerston North/manawatu West,Auckland of course SW,Christchurch NE,most persistant direction,Invercargill WSW,Nelson N. are examples when it blows.

sam on 1/03/2011 12:53am

Yup. As a long time resident of Wellington, and visitor to almost every other part of NZ, I think the ‘Windy Wellington’ card is old and overplayed, in this case by an Auckland based source. Wellington has more extreme wind events than other parts of the country, but on any given day, anywhere in NZ is at least as windy. TVNZ adds to this by only seeming to use its Mount Vic weather camera in a northerly. I don’t think I have ever seen them use it on a calm day, of which contrary to popular belief there are many here. That the camera in question is easily buffeted in not particularly strong breezes, mounted as it is on on of the windiest parts of the city, only reinforces the ‘Windy Wellington’ idea. There have been many times the view from that camera and the impression of wind strength it and the presenter gives do not agree with my observation from looking out the window at the same time.

WW Forecast Team on 1/03/2011 12:57am

We’re both Canterbury and Auckland based Sam!  But agree – the windy Wellington term is probably a bit over used though, fair point!


Tony Hastings on 28/02/2011 8:09am

HEY!!! Other places get windy too! At least we don’t get smog. Just lots of fresh air.

rw on 28/02/2011 8:35am

Good to see a supporter.

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