Wind and rain to ease back tonight
While the high winds and heavy rain in the capital are set to fade slightly tonight, so will the temperatures.
Heavy rains and 130kmh northwesterlies are predicted to batter the lower North Island today, before the wind switches direction this evening.
Metservice forecaster John Law said an evening southerly change would bring more, colder winds to the capital.
''Essentially it's a very unsettled day.
''The central parts of the North Island has the chance of some very heavy falls. In Wellington it's the wind that's the main issue. We've got northerly winds across Wellington. We are expecting gusts up to 130kmh - that's severe gale gusts.''
He said the high temperature with the northerly today would be 16 degrees Celsius, while tomorrow would drop to 12C with the southerly winds.
''It'll stay windy throughout the day [and] it should still be pretty blustery in the morning.
''They [the wind gusts] will still be powerful [tomorrow], but from a different direction.
''It's not feeling very pleasant.''
A deep, complex low is moving east across the country today, bringing very strong north-to-northwest winds with heavy rain.
Heavy rain is expected today about the Central Plateau, Mt Taranaki and the Tararua Range, and also the ranges of Bay of Plenty.
Northwesterlies are expected to be severe at times in eastern Marlborough, the outer Marlborough Sounds, Wellington and Wairarapa.
- The Dominion Post
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