Worst of winds over for North Island

The worst of the wind is over but don't let go of your hats yet. 

Strong winds that toppled a truck and trailer in the central North Island earlier today are already easing, MetService said. 

The central area including the Tararua District and Auckland have been on a severe weather watch due to strong winds gusting about 100kmh.

It caused havoc in the Hawke's Bay where vehicles have been diverted for hours at Takapau after an 18m trailer toppled over before 6am due to high winds.

MetService meteorologist Liz Walsh says the worst is over. 

The winds will be replaced with warmer, finer conditions for most of the North Island except Northland.  

The sun will disappear in Auckland and it will be slightly drier compared to the last few days, she said.  

The increased cloud will also bring warmer overnight temperatures which are expected to be about eight degrees tonight, slowly increasing to 13 next week, she said.

Fine and frosty conditions are predicted for the central North Island but it's not good news for Northland where a low pressure system will bring scattered rain. 

The Dominion Post