Labour Day weather a mixed bag

04:08, Oct 22 2012
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WET AND WINDY: Wellington's Labour Day weather is to pack up.

Wellington has dodged the worst of strong winds and a cold southerly change due this afternoon.

The change was expected in Wellington about midday today, but arrived a little later and was "not as bad as expected", MetService forecaster Allister Gorman said.

Fine skies in the morning had given way to overcast conditions with drizzle by the afternoon.

Thunder storms and strong winds were predicted but the weather that arrived in Wellington lacked the expected bite.

While the same weather system had brought gusts up to 113kmh to Kaikoura on the east coast of the South Island, the biggest gust in Wellington this afternoon was just 60kmh.

The temperature did drop markedly, from 16degC to 12degC at Wellington Airport between 1pm and 1.20pm. It would drop to between 5 and 6 degC tonight. Showers were expected in Wellington this afternoon.

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Tomorrow morning would be fine but cold.

"Wellington hasn't done too bad with the weekend. Most of the rain fell overnight," Mr Gorman said.

"We have probably dodged a bit of a bullet."

The Dominion Post