Strong wind warning for Wellington

Motorists are being warned to take caution on the Rimutaka Hill Rd as strong winds arrive.

NZTA has this morning issued the warning, especially for motorcyclists, people towing caravans, and driving high-sided vehicles.

MetService is warning while fine spells are expected in Wellington this morning, winds will pick up later and reach gale force by this evening.

"It's really changeable weather at the moment and looking a lot more like spring than summer," MetService duty forecaster Andy Downs said.

By tomorrow, Wellington and Wairarapa will be battening down the hatches as wind gusts of up to 140kmh kick in.

Mr Downs said Hawke's Bay and Gisborne would be the pick of the bunch, as the northwesterly wind would not affect that part of the country as much as further south.

"Hawke's Bay will see temperatures around 28 degrees on Friday and Saturday, but it will still be fairly warm in Wellington and Wairarapa, just really windy as well."

The Dominion Post