Severe Weather Warnings

Issued by MetService at 7:48pm Wednesday 29 Mar 2023

Severe gale south to southwesterlies for parts of central New Zealand and coastal Hawke's Bay

A deepening low lies east of the North Island, directing a strong south to southwest flow over the eastern North Island and northeastern South Island. This low is expected to move away from the country on Thursday.

Strong to gale south to southwesterly winds are expected to last until Thursday afternoon or evening for Wellington, Wairarapa and parts of Hawke's Bay and Marlborough.

Large southerly waves are expected about southern and eastern coasts of the lower North Island and the South Island. Damaging waves will affect some places, including areas recently damaged by large waves.

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case any changes are made, or further areas added.

Strong Wind Warning - Orange

Strong wind gusts could damage trees, powerlines and unsecured structures. Driving may be hazardous, especially for high-sided vehicles and motorcycles.

Area: Tararua District and Hawkes Bay south of Napier

Valid: 20 hours from 7:00pm Wednesday to 3:00pm Thursday

Forecast: Expect severe southwest gales, gusting 120 km/h in exposed places, mainly near the coast.

Area: Wellington and Wairarapa

Valid: 23 hours from 7:00pm Wednesday to 6:00pm Thursday

Forecast: Expect severe southwest gales, gusting 120 km/h in exposed places, particularly about Wellington and coastal areas of Wairarapa. Winds may ease in Wellington earlier during Thursday afternoon.

An update for severe weather will be issued by: 10:00am Thursday 30 Mar 2023

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Road Snowfall Warnings

There are no road snowfall warnings for Arthur's Pass (SH73), Crown Range Road, Desert Road (SH1), Dunedin to Waitati Highway (SH1), Haast Pass (SH6), Lewis Pass (SH7), Lindis Pass (SH8), Milford Road (SH94), Napier-Taupo Road (SH5), Porters Pass (SH73), Remutaka Hill Road (SH2).

Thunderstorm Warning

No Severe Thunderstorm Warnings In Effect