Windy weather expected to blow over

23:55, Jan 16 2014

The vacuum of strong southwest winds bending trees, drying out gardens and ruining hairdos around Nelson right now is expected to ease, and a fine weekend looks to be on the cards.

Gusts of more than 50kmh buffeted Nelson this morning.

John Mathieson, of the Nelson Weather Service, said a sweep of gusty strong southwesterly winds lies over the South Island, which is caught between a high pressure system over the mid and south Tasman Sea, and a series of deep lows passing well to the south of the Chatham Islands.

Southland was shivering from cold, blustery winds with gusts reaching 102kmh on Southwest Cape earlier today.
In contrast Nelson was clear with dry, strong gusty southwest to west winds.

Wind at Nelson Airport were southwesterly 35kmh with gusts to 53kmh at 6.19am today, the air temperature was 14.7 deg Celsius and humidity was 46 per cent, Mr Mathieson said.

Farewell Spit’s winds were westerly gusting to 46kmh with air temperature 12 deg Celsius at 6am.

The MetService forecast for tomorrow and Sunday is mainly fine with afternoon seabreezes.