Archive for November, 2011


November 24, 2011

Very strong west to southwest winds are expected to spread over the South Island and parts of the North Island on Thursday evening and may persist to early Saturday.

“The strongest gusts are likely to be in the east from about Napier to Eketahuna,” commented MetService Weather Ambassador Bob McDavitt. “But some other areas are likely to be almost as windy over the next day or two – around Golden Bay, Dunedin, Clutha, Stewart Island and parts of coastal Southland. Gusts of 120 to 130 km/hr are expected. These are strong enough to break big branches off trees and make driving conditions difficult.”

“Many other places are expected to experience strong winds at some stage during Friday. Anyone planning to go boating or sailing needs to be aware that these winds are expected to bring large seas at a time when the high tides are larger than normal,” said McDavitt.

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