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Continuous southerlies move Wellington closer to record

“I can’t remember continuous southerlies like this for ages.” Heard anyone say that? They’re right.

Metservice forecasts that southerlies will persist over Wellington today, Monday, for the sixth day straight. This takes the capital closer to the record of ten consecutive days of icy southerly blasts that has held since May 1978.

The strong winds and isolated showers are the remains of the low which brought prolonged rain and strong southerlies to Wellington (and parts of the country) over the past week.

It could be worse: in the United States, the eastern coastal states of North and South Carolina are under threat from Tropical Storm Florence, currently in the Atlantic Ocean about 1,500 miles from the coast, and expected to strengthen into the first major hurricane of the season to make landfall later this week.