Wet southerly front moving through

00:18, Aug 06 2014
red skies Wellington
STORM'S COMING: Storm brews red skies over Evans Bay and the Orongorongo Ranges, Wellington.

Gusts of wind reaching 100kmh are on the horizon for the lower North Island but hail now looks unlikely.

MetService was yesterday warning the capital may be pelted by hail today but forecaster John Law said the chance of hail was now low.

A wet southerly front moving through the lower North Island this morning was expected to clear today.

A northwesterly system would arrive tomorrow with gusts up to 100kmh, plus rain.

‘‘We have still got some pretty awful-looking weather.’’

A cold front moving northeast across the North Island today followed by a southwesterly flow would bring showers to most, with a moderate risk of thunderstorms from Whanganui around the west coast to south Auckland, MetService said.


From Waikato to Wellington and the Wairarapa, rain would develop this morning with heavy falls, thunderstorms and hail possible, before becoming fine this afternoon.

Auckland could expect showers to become heavier later in the day, with strong southwesterly winds.

A severe weather watch was in place for the lower South Island as a new front approaching from the west was likely to bring with it strong northwesterlies.

These could approach severe gale strength over Southland and Otago this evening, MetService said. 
Nelson, Blenheim and Christchurch could expect a patch of early rain, before becoming fine.