Winds up to 120kmh were forecast, accurately, for Wellington today, increasing to gusts of 140kmh tonight.
In a severe weather warning, MetService said:
Wellington and Wairarapa south of Masterton:
Northwest gales are expected through to early Thursday morning. Between 9am Wednesday and 3am Thursday, severe gale gusts of 120 km/h are expected in exposed places, with possible gusts of 140 km/h Wednesday evening or night.
Kapiti Coast, Taranaki, Taihape, Wanganui and Manawatu:
North to northwest winds are expected to briefly reach severe gale in exposed places overnight tonight. Between midnight Wednesday and 4am Thursday, gusts of 120 km/h are possible in a few places.
New Year’s Eve: Fireworks cancelled because of wind