Gale warning for capital

Last updated 17:56 24/12/2013

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A severe gale warning has been issued for Wellington tonight but a warm if windy day is in store for Christmas in the capital.

Northwesterly gusts would hit 120kmh in exposed places including Wellington Airport. They had potential to disrupt travel plans as well as topple high-sided vehicles, MetService forecaster Hordur Thordarson said.

MetService has issued a severe gale warning for the wind, which would peak tonight and ease by morning.

However, Christmas Day would still be windy with a ‘‘typical Wellington northerly’’ starting the day and a southerly coming in the evening with rain.

But until the southerly came it would be a clear-sky day and the temperature in Wellington was expected to reach 22degC.

Wairarapa was also in store for high winds tonight, with the south of the region covered by the gale warning.

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