A boisterous front that hammered Wellington with damaging
gales today will push up the country but should weaken
The front brought heavy rain and gales to central New Zealand
today, including gusts of up to 140km/h in the capital.
The blustery conditions disrupted flights, toppled power
poles, damaged scaffolding, and left trees and debris
scattered across roads north of Wellington, delaying traffic
between Otaki and Levin.
Firefighters said one downed pole crashed through the
conservatory of a Lower Hutt home. The wind also threatened a
verandah in Wellington that was at risk of "blowing away".
Nobody was injured in the incidents.
The MetService said the spring-like front would ease tonight
and clear the country overnight, but Waikato and Bay of
Plenty could still get some rain from its remnants.
Meteorologist Rochelle Fleming said the front, a westerly
flow from the south Tasman Sea, was not unusual for this time
"It's just one in the series that we've had over the last
couple of days, and the next few days unfortunately," she
"For the first part of tomorrow, you see the remains of that
front lying over the Waikato and Bay of Plenty area with some
rain, but not large amounts.
"That front weakens, but then we get another burst of rain
coming down onto Wellington and Nelson, but that's not until
later into the evening. It's a bit unsettled, really.'
Meteorologist Daniel Corbett said the "boisterous" front had
made for some dramatic contrasts in the weather today - from
over 300mm of rain in the Westland ranges, to sunshine and
28C with warm northwest winds in Gisborne.
He said tomorrow would be a quieter day weather-wise in many
places, but another spell of wet weather would move in from
the west during the evening.
The wet weather would clear away to the east by the end of
Sunday, bringing a fine and settled day for much of the
country on Monday.
Next week would see a continuation of the unsettled pattern
of wet weather.
Auckland: Morning showers followed by fine spells tomorrow,
with northwesterlies and a high of 27C. By Sunday there
should be a period of showers, some heavy, a southwest change
and a high of 26C.
Hamilton: The weekend starts with morning showers, then fine
spells, northwesterlies and a high of 26C. Sunday will begin
with heavy rain, clearing later, a southwest change and a
high of 25C.
Wellington: Tomorrow will begin with cloudy periods followed
by evening rain, strengthening northerlies and a high of 20C.
The rain will clear by Sunday, becoming fine, with gale
northerlies at times and a high of 22C.
Christchurch: A fine start to the weekend with high cloud,
northeasterlies and a high of 22C. Sunday will be mainly fine
with northeasterlies and a high of 24C.
Dunedin: Saturday will be fine with high cloud and
northeasterlies developing midday. Sunday will bring high
cloud, brief rain and developing westerlies. A high of 20C
- By Matthew Backhouse of APNZ