Tree felled by unusual gusts

Rotorua was hit by unusually high winds this week causing a tree to come crashing down.

Wind gusts in Rotorua reached 65km/h on Wednesday night which local weatherman Brian Holden said was "very unusual" for the city.

The strong winds on Wednesday night brought down a tree on Thebes St. One resident told the Rotorua Daily Post it was lucky the tree didn't hit any houses.

Rotorua Fire Brigade senior station office Cameron McEwen said "luckily" fire crews had not been called to any serious weather-related events.

Mr Holden said Rotorua rarely got wind gusts which were that strong because the city was so far inland.

"They were definitely much stronger than average."

He said the average wind gusts expected in Rotorua were between 20km/h and 40km/h.

According to the MetService the strong winds in Rotorua made it the seventh windiest place in the country on Wednesday.

Mr Holden said the winds were expected to die down by today. He said one positive about the high winds was that they reduced the chance of morning frosts.

Mr Holden said the city was currently experiencing an average high of about 13C and 14C, but the wind chill factor meant it felt several degrees colder.

"Well, we have to remember this is winter," he said.

Meanwhile, the MetService said Rotorua could expect a high of 14C today with an overnight low of about 1C.

Tomorrow is forecast to have a few showers with a high of 13C and a low of 4.

- Rotorua Daily Post

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