It'll be wild, and that's just the weather

ISOBEL EWING
Last updated 05:00 12/03/2014

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Wild weather is on track to lash Womad this weekend.

"It's not looking great," MetService meteorologist John Law said.

Cyclone Lusi coming in from the north would bring gales and heavy rainfall to areas of the North Island, but its exact path was yet to be determined.

Cyclone aside, rain will develop in New Plymouth on Saturday and a southeasterly would strengthen throughout the day.

Mr Law advised people to keep an eye on the winds.

"Especially if you're camping."

Sunday would bring heavy rainfalls and gales turning north westerly.

"It's very unsettled, we're looking at a particularly severe event this weekend," Mr Law said.

 

Taft chief executive Suzanne Porter said they were monitoring the weather closely and were not too worried.

"It's in the lap of the gods now. We've had wet Womads before and we're just encouraging people to bring clothes that can deal with wet and cold and if they're camping to make provisions for the weather."

High winds hit Womad in 2007 and the wet weather called for gumboots, Ms Porter said.

"My hair was upright and I've got pretty long hair."

But the organisers had all the safety precautions in place and were fully prepared for the weather, she said.

"You just have to get on with it."

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