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Napier Courier - 2021-10-13

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Hawke’s Bay blessed as country copes

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Hawke’s Bay could be the best spot in New Zealand to shelter in place this week. While the top of the North Island is battling Covid exposure, the South Island and west of the North Island are both set to be battered by a spring storm. MetService meteorologist Alwyn Bakker said while it wasn’t looking like a perfect week, and in fact tomorrow and Wednesday could be “a bit gross”, the region would dodge the worst of the weather moving up the country. “It’s a westerly flow and at the moment it’s going to affect the west of the country the most. Hawke’s Bay itself is looking quite sheltered. “It is looking a bit gross, but it’s not going to be awful\,” he said. Bakker said the week would start fine today, “the last of the golden days”, before three days of variable weather with showers and a chance of gales tomorrow and Wednesday. MetService has a severe gale watch in place south of Hastings for the two days. Thursday night would clear to be fine and the temperature would dive as low as 4C in Hastings meaning another round of firing upthe frost fans was possible.

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