New cold blast brings wild and wet weather to North Island

MetService is warning Kiwis to prepare for another short, sharp spell of high winds on Thursday as a fast-moving front brings a windy and wet night to Auckland.

A severe weather watch has been issued for Northland and Auckland as another blast moves up the country. Temperatures are expected to hover around 14degC overnight, posing a threat to vulnerable people without power or heating.

But Auckland MetService meteorologist Georgina Griffiths says tonight's weather is expected to be very different to the previous storm.

"If you live in the eastern half of the region, the forecast gusts tonight are not as large as were predicted for the previous storm," she says.

"Remember, the 'bigger the gust number' the bigger the mess."

However those living out west, especially along the west coast beaches, could experience briefly damaging winds again tonight after 8pm.

"During the last event, damaging winds were widespread and affected most people," Ms Griffiths says.

"This is not the case tonight - we expect severe winds to be rather localised this time around."

Auckland Emergency Management director John Dragicevich warns Aucklanders to be prepared.

"MetService has advised that there's more wind and rain coming. Please check that items on your property are secure, that includes any trees that may have been damaged in Tuesday's storm, and make sure you've restocked batteries for torches and radios," he says.

"We can't emphasise enough how important it is for people to look out for each other and check on neighbours, friends and family that might not be coping under these circumstances, especially those with young children and the elderly."