High winds could stay all week

16:00, Jan 19 2014
Hataitai Park
UP, UP AND AWAY: Strong wind gusts were too much for this bouncy castle, which was picked up and flung through the air in Hataitai Park yesterday.

Winds of up to 80 kilometres an hour whipped through Wellington over the weekend - and there's more unsettled weather on its way this week.

MetService meteorologist Elke Louw said while yesterday was hot and sunny throughout most of the lower North Island, the capital was slammed by high winds - which were expected to continue.

Napier even reached a high of 32 degrees Celsius before a sea breeze came in to cool things off, she said.

The windy weather was down to a tightening of isobars over the country, which had raised the air pressure.

The gusts were too much for one bouncy castle, which was picked up by the wind and flung through the air to the surprise of attendees at the Poneke-Kilbirnie softball tournament at Hataitai Park yesterday.

Tropical cyclone June, which has since been downgraded, is heading straight for New Zealand and is expected to bring heavy rain and wind to the North Island today.

A heavy rain warning was also in place for the West Coast, down south.

The strong northerlies were predicted to die out on Friday, replaced with sunnier weather for the weekend.


The Dominion Post