Calm Fieldays weather break will not last

05:34, Jun 11 2014
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Kris Fannin of Cambridge fixes up a tent on the Contractors Federation site blown down by strong winds over night at National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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The sun shines on the early starters on the first day of the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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After a stormy night, the sun shines over the first day 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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The weather was bleak on the eve of the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Josie Yockney wears her trusty gumboots to get through wet conditions on the eve of the 2014 National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Leaning into the wind from a bank above the National Agricultural Fieldays site are, from right, Matamata lads Taylor Green, 19, Zach Bell, 18 and Daniel Phillips, 20.
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Pretty boys: Rural bachelors contestants, from left, Michael Paton, Jimmy Bentham, Josh Gilbert, Brett Steeghs and Thomas Denham during a question and answer session.
National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Boys with free stuff: Rhys Kimber, Matt Hanson and Sam Smith, all 15 and from Kristin School in Auckland, enjoy the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Thumbs up: Zac Gillespie of Inglewood gets his pic taken by Ebony de Thierry in front of a Westpac Rescue Helicopter at the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Prime Minister John Key tries out a Honda quad bike at the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Korey Knudsen, 18 months old, tries out an interesting display at the Stoney Creek site at the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Holly Duggan gets a pic to remember with Prime Minister John Key at the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.

The rain held off today for the start of Fieldays at Mystery Creek, but the calm skies won't last, says a Niwa forecaster.

Chris Brandolino, forecaster and meteorologist has predicted the showers later this morning and early in the afternoon.

"We are not out of the woods yet, the sun will be short lived," Brandolino said.

Today's calmer conditions were in contrast to the battering the site took overnight with high winds causing damage to a number of exhibits.

A large marquee on one site was destroyed by strong winds.

"It was standing at 6am then by the time we got here at 7am it was level with the ground," said Kris Fannin of Tai Poutini Polytech, which runs Waikato Digging School.

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Fannin said the 6m x 12m tent was part of the New Zealand Contractors Federation site in the far north-west corner of Mystery Creek. Waikato Digging School is part of the Contractors Federation and is running excavator demonstrations throughout Fieldays.

"We bear the brunt of the wind over here."

"It's beyond repair so we have taken photos for insurance."

Fannin said the weather hasn't disrupted the rest of the School's exhibition too much.

"There's no drama, we're just keeping travelling to a minimum."

Brandolino said, however, that visitors today can expect highs of up to 17 degrees.

"The wind is still brisk until midday, then easing later on."

Brandolino will be broadcasting weather updates every hour from NIWA's stall in the Premier Feature end of the Pavillion. 

He said guests should expect more showers tomorrow, though expects improvements on Friday and Saturday.

"The story is, still wet weather until tomorrow."

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