Watch out on windy Wellington highways


Drivers in the lower North Island need to take extra care on the roads today as strong winds buffet the region.

The Metservice has a strong wind warning in place for  Wellington and Wairarapa until 1:00am tomorrow morning. Northwest winds are forecast to approach severe gales in exposed places. 

It means motorcyclists, towing vehicles, and drivers of trucks and vans must exercise caution – particularly in areas prone to severe gusts like State Highway 2 Remutaka Hill and the Wainui Saddle on Transmission Gully. 

Strong gales also increase the risk of fallen trees, downed powerlines, and windblown debris. Road users must be prepared for such hazards. 

The bad weather will coincide with peak commuting times this afternoon. Drivers are urged to drive to the conditions to ensure they complete their journeys safely. 

It is also advised to check weather and road conditions before you travel.