The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in for a "grey and
grim" day for their first official engagement in Wellington
today, MetService says.
The wet and windy weather could lead to another case of
Catherine holding down her dress to protect her modesty, as
the capital is looking at a "hold onto your hat type day",
said meteorologist Dan Corbett.
"It's yucky, it's almost like mother nature said, 'oh you're
coming to visit New Zealand and you're from Britain, this is
typical spring weather in Britain'," he said.
The city would struggle to reach a high of 16C degrees today,
with a keen southerly and spells of rain continuing
throughout the day.
Heavy, persistent rain overnight had seen Kelburn record 83mm
of rain in the last 24 hours, with 54mm at Wellington
Airport, and more than 100mm over the ranges to the east of
the city, Mr Corbett said.
Earlier weather warnings, which covered the Rimutaka Ranges
and Wairarapa - where Prince William, Catherine and Prince
George were rumoured to have spent yesterday in a luxury
lodge - are due to expire at midday.
"The persistent stuff that was with us last night has moved
through, so it's just cloudy, drizzly, just yucky."
Winds would begin to ease up during the day, he said.
However, things will brighten up slightly for William and
Kate in Blenheim tomorrow, with less risk of rain.
Mr Corbett said he had been "typing up a few emails to mother
nature" to persuade her to improve the weather for the rest
of the royal visit.
"Maybe she's got the computer turned off, but hopefully
she'll start listening."
- Patrice Dougan of APNZ