Strong winds are on the way for the top of the North Island
tomorrow, bringing a risk of power cuts from fallen trees.
The MetService said the low approaching Northland was
bringing rain and strong winds from Auckland northwards.
A severe weather warning was in place for heavy rain and
severe easterly gales over Northland.
Gales were expected to develop during tomorrow morning, with
severe gales possible in exposed places from mid-afternoon
through to Wednesday.
A weather watch has been issued for north Auckland,
Coromandel and eastern Waikato, where heavy rain and easterly
gales are possibly from Tuesday evening to Wednesday evening.
Meteorologist Rob Kerr said the South Island would enjoy
better conditions, particularly for the ski fields.
"Conditions should be great outdoors until the winds
strengthen late in the week," Mr Kerr said.
WeatherWatch head weather analyst Philip Duncan said the
north could experience wind gusts of more than 120km/h by
tomorrow evening, particularly in northern and northeastern
"On top of the recent heavy rains in northern New Zealand the
soil is saturated and strong to gale force winds may topple
trees easier," Mr Duncan said. "This may also lead to further
isolated power cuts and hot water cuts."
Eastern Waikato and Coromandel Peninsula may also experience
damaging gusts overnight Tuesday and Wednesday, with the
potential for power cuts.