NIWA warns of turbulent weekend weather

  • 20/07/2016
NIWA warns of turbulent weekend weather

Tropical winds and mild weather are on the way in time for the weekend, but keep the coats out because heavy rain and thunderstorms are coming too.

Record temperatures are likely to be broken from mid-Canterbury through to the Far North, the National Institute of Weather and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) says.

The winds are expected to blow in from Vanuatu from Friday night, bringing maximum temperatures up to seven degrees warmer than average until Sunday.

But it's a case of enjoying it while it lasts.

"There are some indications that a more impressive cool snap could come around the start of August," NIWA says.

And while some enjoy the tropical temperatures, warnings have been issued elsewhere for severe thunderstorms and heavy rain.

The wild weather is expected to hit west of the South Island and the North Island's north and west on Saturday.

Wind gusts could exceed 150km/h while between 50-150mm of rain is forecast across the country.

NIWA has warned the dangerous winds could cause power outages, hazardous driving conditions and minor structural damage.