Spring has launched a wintry attack on the central North Island.
Strong winds have hit Wellington with Mount KauKau seeing winds of up to 145 kilometres per hour with winds of up to 100 kilometres per hour striking the Wellington suburb of Miramar near the airport.
ONE News reporter Kristin Hall told Breakfast the gusts saw trampolines flung into the air and a tree is reportedly down in Johnsonville.
But winds have eased in Taranaki, causing MetService to lift weather warnings for the area.
The strong south to southeast flow over the North Island is steadily easing.
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MetService meteorologist Dan Corbett this morning said the mean part of the storm was moving north.
"We've got a good lump of rain that's moving across the central plateau. Wind wise it was probably one of those noisy nights in Wellington but I think we've just about peaked with the winds here.
"Some very heavy squally showers spreading north so Aucklanders have a bit of a yucky start to the day, the weather system is moving into the Bay of Plenty, clearing away slowly as we go through the day though," Mr Corbett said.
The good news is that the wild weather is set to ease off this weekend.
"It's gonna improve, Friday's a smiley day next to the calendar. It's a quieter day."
Mr Corbett warns that there is another weather system coming into play soon, which will bring rain.
"Nothing as nasty as this one though," he said.
Mr Corbett's summed up the mixed start to spring and its erratic weather saying that "mother nature doesn't have a calendar in her kitchen."
South Island snow
Last night's chilly conditions bought snow to parts of the South Island, including higher parts of Canterbury and south Marlborough.
That has cleared away this morning, but showers and snow are expected in places like Desert Road later today.
Mr Corbett said he cannot predict what to expect this summer as the weather systems have not formed that far ahead yet.
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