November 29, 2023

‘Hold on to your hats’: Power outages in Auckland as wind lashes upper North Island

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Some Aucklanders have woken up to no power on Sunday morning as wind lashes Tāmaki Makaurau.

Vector’s power outage map showed outages in the Auckland suburbs of Remuera and Herne Bay. 

MetServices’ website at 8am on Sunday showed the North Shore in Auckland is currently the windiest place in New Zealand, with gusts of 43km/h. 

It comes as MetService says strong northeasterly will affect the upper North Island on Sunday and Monday. 

“Warm air dragged in by the northeasterlies means cloud and isolated showers are forecast for a good portion of the North Island the next couple days,” MetService said. 

The wind also lashed parts of the upper North Island on Saturday, with NIWA saying a peak wind gust of 81km/h was recorded at the Sky Tower in downtown Auckland.

“Hold on to your hats! The upper North Island has been pretty windy today (Saturday),” Niwa said.

Kaitaia also saw strong wind on Saturday with a peak wind gust of 73km/h, this was followed by Leigh and Manukau Heads at 72km/h and Dargaville at 65km/h. 

But apart from the wind, most places around the country should see a fine day on Sunday with some places getting a few showers. 

Wellington is the pick of the big cities, with a sunny day and a high of 20 degrees predicted. 

MetService Short Forecast

Northland, Auckland and Coromandel Peninsula

Cloudy with a few showers, but rain in the Far North.

Waikato to Taranaki, also Bay of Plenty and the central high country

Cloudy periods. A few showers for western Bay of Plenty and near the Kaimai range.

Gisborne to Wairarapa

Often cloudy with a few light showers about Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay, mainly this morning.

Whanganui to Wellington

Mainly fine.

Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury

A few areas of cloud about Canterbury clearing this morning and becoming fine everywhere. Cloud returning to the Canterbury coast this evening.

The remainder of the South Island

Mainly fine. One or two areas of log cloud or fog until mid-morning. Becoming cloudy about Fiordland late afternoon.

Chatham Islands

Party cloudy.

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