Rosy sunrise ahead of dire weather

Red skies at morning, shepherds' warning

DEIDRE MUSSEN
Last updated 08:40 31/07/2014

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The weather forecast heading into the weekend is dire but this morning's spectacular sunrise in many spots around the country has put a rosy glow on twittersphere.

MetService staff in Wellington joined the crowd, tweeting a stunning shot from its Kelburn site.

Meteorologist Peter Little said clear lower skies in the country's east plus high cloud from strong winds battering much of the country were the perfect combination to paint the sky red.

''What you need is high cloud so the sun can hit something and reflect off it.''

However, he warned that windy wet weather was set to continue into the weekend, with Saturday looking particularly nasty for Wellington, although temperatures would remain in double digits.

''Today, tomorrow and Saturday, we are going to have a lot of wind and some rain.''
Gale-force northerly winds were predicted to gust to 100kmh in Wellington today and tomorrow, with gusts to 120kmh likely for Saturday.

''Saturday looks like the worst. At this stage, it's looking pretty ugly....It's one of those days you leave your umbrella at home as it will end up in the rubbish otherwise.''

Heavy rain was likely about Mt Taranaki, the headwaters of the Wanganui, the Tararua Range and eastern Bay of

Plenty on Saturday and Sunday. New Plymouth was also predicted to get heavy rain on Saturday.
Little said the wind and rain were proceeding a front that was set to cross the lower North Island on Sunday.

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- The Dominion Post

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