Sunstrike warning as Spring nears
BREAKING NEWS REPORTER
Motorists are being urged to be aware of sunstrike today, as a rare sunny morning makes driving conditions potentially hazardous.
Sunstrike is sun blindness and can occur when driving towards the sun at sunrise or sunset. It is more likely in winter when the sun is lower in the sky.
Police central communications spokesman Peter Stokes said motorists needed to be careful and drive within their abilities.
"If they are driving in with the sun in their eyes, they need to be aware. Don't try to drive blind is what we say to them. If they can't see they need to stop or drive within their means."
Mr Stokes said sunstrike was quite bad at certain times on sunny mornings like today.
"We haven't had the sun out there for awhile."
Motorists are advised to keep windscreens clean, wear sunglasses and use the car's visor to block the sun.
The sunny conditions won't be hanging around for the weekend, however, with cloud, drizzle and rain forecast for Saturday and Sunday.
Spring officially begins next Saturday on September 1.
MetService forecaster Stephen Glassey said the final week of winter would be a mixed bag for Wellington.
There would be drizzle on Saturday followed by rain on Sunday and Monday, but clear conditions should settle over Wellington from Tuesday.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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