Gale force winds to bring 9 metre swells to New Zealand - WeatherWatch

Forecasters are warning people away from the sea
Forecasters are warning people away from the sea Photo credit: File

New Zealand will see "dangerous" swells this week as gale force winds tear across the country.

The western side of the North Island is most at risk due to its exposure. Wave heights could exceed nine metres and rogue waves could reach even higher, reports Weather Watch.

"A warning to Aucklanders who fish on the western rocks: This isn't a safe week to do so," said Weather Watch.

"It's not a safe week for boaties anywhere in the eastern Tasman Sea area or Cook Strait."

The most severe wind will hit between Wednesday and Friday, said NIWA weather.

"With plenty of low pressure near and east of NZ, south-westerly winds will continue to be common," the organisation Tweeted.

"Unfortunately this means chilly and gusty conditions remain for the rest of October."

Areas of the country will also see heavy snow. The Kaikoura Ranges, Canterbury and Otago are all warned to keep an eye on Metservice weather warnings.

All three areas are under a heavy snow watch between Tuesday and Wednesday.



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