Bay to be spared worst of wild weather

By Sam Hurley

Hawke's Bay will be spared any of the severe weather battering large sections of the North Island but it can expect rain and a sudden winter chill moving in Tuesday.

MetService issued a number of weather warnings including thunderstorm watches and wind gusts over 110km/h.

They issued heavy rain warnings for southern Westland, and parts of the south and east of the South Island.

Severe gales for Auckland, Northland, Fiordland and southern Westland were also projected.

Weather watch analyst Phillip Duncan said the large low pressure system bringing strong winds to those parts of the country will likely pass the region to the North as the system heads West into the Pacific.

"Most of the severe weather is moving around Hawke's Bay. The strong winds and heavy rains will be to the north of the low pressure system."

However, residents should grab their woolen jumpers on Tuesday as a cold blast reminds us winter is on the way.

Hastings can expect an overnight low on Tuesday of 4C.

"Temperatures will drop significantly to 15C, but with a southerly wind expected around that time people will feel like it is more 12C or 13C.

"It's a big change from the 20C and sunny skies over the past few days," he said.

Mr Duncan said the province could expect some rain until tomorrow from the lower pressure system, usually in the evenings, but it would be sporadic.

"There will be some rain overnight and a few showers on Tuesday but not the heavy rain that is being experienced up the country."

- Hawkes Bay Today

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