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Cold front moving up New Zealand

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The MetService advise that severe gale northwesterlies may affect parts of the South Island and the lower North Island today and early on Monday.

“A cold front is expected to move onto the far south of the South Island about midday Sunday, then move slowly northeastwards to reach Cook Strait late Monday,” says a MetService spokesperson.

“A strong northwest flow precedes this front, and warnings and watches for strong winds about eastern parts of the South Island and the lower North Island are in force.”

From Tuesday to Thursday, no severe weather is expected, due to a broad ridge of high pressure.

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

A strong wind watch has been issue for the following areas:

Area: Wellington, Wairarapa from Masterton southwards
Valid: 27 hours from 11:00 am Sunday to 2:00 pm Monday
Forecast: Northwesterly winds may approach severe gale in exposed places.

Area: Marlborough
Valid: 24 hours from 11:00 am Sunday to 11:00 am Monday
Forecast: Northwesterly winds may approach severe gale in exposed places.

Area: Christchurch, Canterbury Plains
Valid: 28 hours from 5:00 am Sunday to 9:00 am Monday
Forecast: Northwesterly winds may approach severe gale in exposed places.

Area: Central Otago and Southern Lakes
Valid: 12 hours from 4:00 am to 4:00 pm Sunday
Forecast: Northwesterly winds may approach severe gale in exposed places.

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