A long bout of warm wild and windy weather is predicted to hit the lower North Island later today and is set to pay havoc with ski fields.
Northerly winds were expected to build to gale-force in Wellington and Wairarapa by late this afternoon or evening, with gusts up to 110kmh "not out of the question'', MetService meteorologist John Law said.
Strong northerly and northwest winds were likely to continue right through until Sunday, he said.
Although it meant warmer temperatures than last week's cold snap, with daily maximums forecast to reach the low to high teens, it was bad news for North Island's ski fields because of snow melt and difficulties snow-making.
"It's not the conditions I'm sure they're looking for,'' Law said.
Rain was likely to put a dampener on western regions, including New Plymouth, while strong winds were also predicted to blast Hawke's Bay into the weekend.
- The Dominion Post
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