Friday, November 24, 2023


MetService and Traffic Bulletin - Pigeon Post News.

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MetService Severe Weather Watch 

MetService: Issued at 9:43am Fri 24 Nov 2023

Strong winds for Wellington and Marlborough, and heavy rain for Hawke's Bay and Tairawhiti/Gisborne

A cold front moves northwards over central New Zealand today, followed by strong southerly winds. A Strong Wind Watch is in force for Wellington and parts of Marlborough.

A low pressure system is expected to develop northeast of East Cape this evening, bringing a strong and humid south to southeast flow to Hawke's Bay and Tairawhiti/Gisborne. Heavy rain should develop during Saturday and continue through to Sunday. The Heavy Rain Watch for parts of Hawke's Bay and Tairawhiti/Gisborne has been upgraded to Orange Warnings.

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case any changes are made.

Strong Wind Watch 

Area: Wellington, Eastern Marlborough Sounds and the Kaikoura Coast

Valid: 7 hours from 2:00pm Fri 24 Nov to 9:00pm Fri 24 Nov

Forecast: Southerly winds may approach severe gale in exposed places.

An update will be issued by 9:00pm Fri 24 Nov


Important information for drivers:

  • The Metservice has issued a strong wind watch for Wellington, eastern Marlborough Sounds and the Kaikoura Coast. It is in effect this afternoon and into this evening (Friday, 24 November) with severe gales forecast. Road users - particularly motorcyclists, truck and van drivers, and towing vehicles – must take extra care in exposed areas. Strong wind gusts don’t just affect your driving. They can create other hazards like treefalls, downed powerlines, and blown debris. Check weather and road conditions before you travel.

MetService & NZ Transport Agency.

Pigeon Post News, Richmond.

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