The bad weather weather lashing the lower North Island is
expected to ease over the long weekend, the MetService says.
In Wellington today, high winds lifted several roofs and blew
a trampoline onto a house.
Gale-force winds also caused havoc for long-weekend
Several flights in and out of Wellington Airport were
cancelled and others were delayed. Rough seas disrupted ferry
services around the harbour and East by West ferries advised
of restrictions on evening services.
Police warned those travelling on State Highway 1 between
Wellington and the Central Plateau to take extra care.
"There are currently strong winds and heavy rain causing poor
visibility throughout the area." police said.
Motorists on the road over the holiday weekend should plan
for extra driving time.
The Fire Service said it had responded to 18 weather-related
A spokesman said most of the jobs related to property damage
in the suburb of Kilbirnie, near the airport.
They including roofs being lifted off, a trampoline being
blown onto a roof and fence being blown over.
The MetService said gusts up to 100 km/h were recorded at
Wellington Airport today.
The weather, caused by an active spring trough, would
gradually shift to the north and east of the country.
While this would make way for quieter and less active weather
at the beginning of the holiday weekend, brollies, gumboots
and raincoats would still come in handy for many people, the
weather forecaster advised.
For those in the North Island, showers and rain would hit
most areas over the next two days.
The wet weather would clear the lower North Island by Sunday
afternoon, making way for clearer skies in most areas on
Monday, Met Service expected.
However, some showers could be possible for residents along
the west coast and north of Taranaki that day.
In the South Island, heavy, thundery rain was expected for
western areas on Saturday, Met Service said.
Snow to low levels and wintry showers were likely in the
south on Sunday. Monday was looking better for most places,
with fine weather forecast for all areas apart from Buller,
Fiordland and coastal Southland.
- By Teuila Fuatai of APNZ
In the main centres
Saturday: Long fine spells. Westerly breezes. High of 19C,
low of 11C.
Sunday: Cloudy periods, showers from afternoon. Westerlies.
High of 19C, low of 11C.
Monday: Few morning showers, then fine. Southwest breezes.
High of 17C, low of 8C.
Saturday: Becoming cloudy, some rain later. Strengthening
northerly.High of 16C, low of 11C.
Sunday: Rain clearing by the afternoon. Strong gusty
northerly. High of 15C, low of 7C.
Monday: Mainly fine. Northerlies abating. High of 14C, low of
Saturday: Increasing high cloud. Strong gusty
northwesterlies. High of 19C, low of 8C.
Sunday: High cloud clearing later and northwesterlies dying.
Hiigh of 15C, low of 2C.
Monday: Mainly fine. Northeasterlies developing. High of 16C,
low of 2C.
Saturday: Increasing high cloud, gusty northwesterly dying
out. High of 18C, low of 6C.
Sunday: Fine spells and a few wintry showers,
southwesterlies. High of 12C, low of 4C.
Monday: Becoming fine early morning, winds tending northwest.
High of 15C, low of 7C.