Gale force winds to hit the south

21:11, Jan 01 2014

Southland needs to brace for potentially damaging winds that are predicted for this afternoon. 

Metservice media and communications meteorologist Daniel Corbett said a fairly active northwesterly would bring gale force winds and rain to the region. 

''A fairly active front is coming in, wind will increase to potentially damaging later today,'' he said.

Northwesterly winds are expected to rise with up to 120 km/per hour for inland parts of Southland and Otago.

Heavy rains are expected for Fiordland, Westland and the Alps, with significant spill over into Otago.

The weather warning issued by Metservice advised people to be weary of winds bringing down trees and power lines, damage to structures and be cautious in hazardous road conditions. 


''People are [also] advised that heavy rain is likely to cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly, surface flooding and slips.'' 

Mr Corbett said a high pressure system will set in late next week. 

''The high pressure system setting in next week should start to bring a more summerly change to the south.'' 


The Southland Times