Heavy rain forecast for capital

Last updated 08:59 29/04/2014

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The same heavy rain that caused surface flooding and closed roads overnight in Christchurch is heading towards Wellington this morning.

It comes on top of a wet and windy night in the capital, during which 31mm of rain fell in 24 hours at Wellington Airport and wind gusts reached 90kmh, MetService forecaster Dan Corbett said.

Cook Strait had southerly gusts up to 110kmh.

The rain band that caused havoc in Christchurch was working its way up the South Island east coast and was sitting over Kaikoura just after 7am, heading towards Wellington.

From Wellington it would head towards Wairarapa then up to Hawke's Bay.

While it would have weakened slightly on its journey north it would still pack some punch with some heavy bursts of rain possible.

While Wellington was enjoying a relative lull in the weather at 7.30am, winds were also expected to increase again this afternoon.

Wellington's East by West ferry is operating a reduced service due to the southerly winds. Only the 6.50am, 7.45am, and 8.35am sailings are running from Days Bay. 

Air New Zealand is warning of some minor flight delays in and out of Wellington this morning due to high winds and low cloud.

A Jetstar spokesman said there were no weather-related issues in Wellington this morning.

Wellington Airport is notifying a 50-minute delay on the 8.10am Wellington to Christchurch Jetstar flight.

Airways New Zealand spokeswoman Philippa Sellens said Wellington air traffic control was leaving a slightly larger gap between planes in Wellington this morning for safety reasons.

This could cause some delays but was ''perfectly normal'' in poor weather, she said.

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- The Dominion Post


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