LATEST: Taranaki has escaped the wild weather which hit the South Island and lower North Island, but could be in for a mixed bag over weekend.
In Wellington, a howling deluge grounded flights, caused power cuts, downed trees, and blocked road yesterday.
The storm bore a striking resemblance to the way 2013 began, MetService forecaster Dan Corbett said.
January 2 and 3 last year were marked by wet, windy weather, with gusts at Wellington Airport of up to 115kmh.
The capital storm peaked between 12.30pm and 1.30pm, when gusts of 140kmh were recorded at Mt Kaukau and 133kmh on the top of the Rimutaka Hill.
Winds also ripped through Canterbury, tipping over a caravan and felling power poles.
The winds reached speeds of up to 140kmh in the Marlborough Sounds and up to 120kmh at Mt Hutt on Thursday, tipped over a caravan near Kaikoura and prompted the partial evacuation of a motor camp in Havelock while cutting power to about 600 homes.
But the weather is set to change this weekend.
A rain warning has been issued for Mt Taranaki with rain expected to become heavy this evening before easing around midday tomorrow.
Mr Corbett said the next two to three weeks were likely to bring more highs and fine dry weather, though it would still be unsettled at times over the next week.
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