A severe weather watch for the lower half of the North Island
and the upper South Island was issued by MetService tonight.
Wind gusts up to 143kmh left Dunedin glaziers run off their
feet repairing windows in the city yesterday.
Roads in the lower North Island, closed during weekend
flooding, rain-related slips and crashes, have reopened
Spring is nearly here but the National Institute of Water and
Atmospheric Research (Niwa) says it'll be a windy, dry one.
Otago will avoid the severe gales expected to hit central New
Zealand today, but will still be buffeted by strong winds,
the MetService says.
Wind and rain are set to hit the country later this week, the
Forecasters say Tropical Storm Guillermo has formed far from
land in the Eastern Pacific with winds sustained at 64kmh.
For the third month on end, temperatures below average have
been posted across most of the country, with North Otago
leading the way.
Wild weather is expected across the country in the next 48
hours, with heavy rain in the southwest, high winds in the
east and snow on the mountain passes.
An alpine skier buried in an avalanche in Southern Alps in
Canterbury today has died of his injuries.
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