Strong winds a blip region's weather

LISA KNIGHT
Last updated 17:23 04/06/2014

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A week of strong winds marred an otherwise average month for weather in the Manawatu-Whanganui region in May.

Train commuters being delayed for more than an hour after a tree cut off the lines near Longburn was one of the more dramatic events during a week of strong winds last month.

Niwa's climate summary for May, released today, shows particularly strong gusts caused havoc around the country from May 23 to May 29.

Dozens of trees were flattened and fell across roads in the South Island on May 25 and motorists in the North and South islands were warned to take extra care in strong winds, the report says.

On May 26, the morning train service from Palmerston North to Wellington was delayed by 70 minutes after a tree was blown over by strong winds at Longburn, and the fire service attended 60 weather-related callouts in Wellington, Kapiti and Wairarapa overnight on May 25 to 26.

Other than the windy week, weather in the region was relatively normal for May.While other parts of the North Island experienced particularly sunny days, coastal Manawatu-Whanganui and the Kapiti Coast's sunshine was within 10 per cent of May's normal levels, according to Niwa.

Napier recorded the highest temperature for the month at 26C on May 6.Again, while other parts of the North Island had well below normal rainfall levels, the Manawatu-Whanganui region received a near normal amount of rain.

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- Manawatu Standard

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