Calm Fieldays weather break will not last

Last updated 11:55 11/06/2014
Waikato Times

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The rain held off today for the start of Fieldays at Mystery Creek, but the calm skies won't last, says a Niwa forecaster.

Chris Brandolino, forecaster and meteorologist has predicted the showers later this morning and early in the afternoon.

"We are not out of the woods yet, the sun will be short lived," Brandolino said.

Today's calmer conditions were in contrast to the battering the site took overnight with high winds causing damage to a number of exhibits.

A large marquee on one site was destroyed by strong winds.

"It was standing at 6am then by the time we got here at 7am it was level with the ground," said Kris Fannin of Tai Poutini Polytech, which runs Waikato Digging School.

Fannin said the 6m x 12m tent was part of the New Zealand Contractors Federation site in the far north-west corner of Mystery Creek. Waikato Digging School is part of the Contractors Federation and is running excavator demonstrations throughout Fieldays.

"We bear the brunt of the wind over here."

"It's beyond repair so we have taken photos for insurance."

Fannin said the weather hasn't disrupted the rest of the School's exhibition too much.

"There's no drama, we're just keeping travelling to a minimum."

Brandolino said, however, that visitors today can expect highs of up to 17 degrees.

"The wind is still brisk until midday, then easing later on."

Brandolino will be broadcasting weather updates every hour from NIWA's stall in the Premier Feature end of the Pavillion. 

He said guests should expect more showers tomorrow, though expects improvements on Friday and Saturday.

"The story is, still wet weather until tomorrow."

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