Weather delays Wellington flights

00:36, Jun 07 2012
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MISERABLE: The scene at Wellington Airport on Wednesday when flights were disrupted by poor weather and passengers were stranded.

Weather continued to disrupt the Wellington region today with flights from the capital delayed or cancelled and a road closed.

The road between Kapiti and Upper Hutt was closed to traffic this morning while contractors cleared trees from the road.

Akatarawa Rd road linking Upper Hutt and Waikanae was closed at 6am, Police central communications centre Inspector Paul Jermy said. It re-opened about 10.45am.

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Wind chill brought the temperature down to near freezing last night as rain lashed Wellington.


MetService forecaster John Law said the temperature in Kelburn dropped to 5 degrees Celsius yesterday evening and 6 degrees Celsius at Wellington Airport.

Wind gusts up to 65kmh meant it would have felt about 1 degree Celsius.

It was possible some snow fell high on the hills around the region last night.

Another day of delays and cancellations was also possible in and out of Wellington Airport, as passengers remained stranded since yesterday due to snow and icy conditions in the South Island.

The delay of one flight from Christchurch has pushed back a flight from Melbourne to Wellington by about seven hours.

An Air New Zealand spokeswoman said the airline would look to add capacity with an additional 168-seat flight scheduled to operate between Auckland and Christchurch this afternoon.

"We will monitor demand and look to add additional capacity if required," she said.

Christchurch Airport today issued a statement saying it was open but there were disruptions due to ice and freezing temperatures overnight.

The few showers in the lower North Island should clear with a fine afternoon forecast today, however, the clear weather meant there should be frost tonight.

Friday should see a few showers and blustery north-westerly winds, which would turn to the south.

Heading into the weekend, a few showers were forecast early on Saturday which should clear for the rest of the weekend in the lower North Island.

The weather system that coated Christchurch and Canterbury with snow moved north yesterday afternoon, closing roads in Nelson and Marlborough.

A snow warning had been issued for the Desert Rd in the Central North Island but "everywhere else roads are not quite high enough".

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