Beach goers have warned to stay away as a huge swell hits the coast. Video / Charlotte Rasmussen / Emmarose Cowie / Zsania Johnson / Alison Smith / Jordan Smith / Greg Malcolm / Jordan Richmond HC Post

A MetService swell warning is in effect for Hawke’s Bay this week and the seas are expected to peak on Wednesday night – reaching about five meters.

MetService meteorologist Kyle Lee said easterly swells and storm surges that increase over the next few days could lead to some coastal erosion and flooding in low areas.

“The combination of the heavy swell and the royal tide could potentially result in coastal flooding in parts of the east coast which is something to watch out for,” he said.

The swells expected Tuesday along the north and east coasts of the North Island.  Photo / WeatherWatch.co.nz
The swells expected Tuesday along the north and east coasts of the North Island. Photo / WeatherWatch.co.nz

A spokesperson for WeatherWatch.co.nz said large lows, large waves and royal offshore tides would all contribute to the risk of severe beach erosion in parts of northeastern New Zealand over the course of the next few days.

“Waves of four to six meters are moving east over the eastern beaches of Northland to the Coromandel Peninsula, East Cape, Gisborne and up to Hawke’s Bay and even Wairarapa, with dangerous currents and messy waves due to the strong, sometimes gusty, southeast winds, “he said.

Prevailing southeasterly wind and rain are also expected to remain stationary in the area, Lee said.

He said there is a deep low pressure system sitting in the northeast of the North Island that has been rolling in the wind, and will “calm down only slightly” throughout the work week.

Due to the direction of the wind, Lee said most of the bay will be affected by the weather conditions.

Port of Napier restricted navigation to 5 Wharfs for the duration of the swell event.  Photo / Warren Buckland
Port of Napier restricted navigation to 5 Wharfs for the duration of the swell event. Photo / Warren Buckland

“It doesn’t appear that much of the bay is sheltered,” he said.

“Other areas in the north are more likely to have the biggest swells – like Mahia because it is closer to where the pressure is coming from.”

Napier Port said it expected navigation at its container terminal (5 Wharf) to be restricted during the duration of the swell.

A spokesperson for the Port of Napier said that given shipping restrictions, the opening hours for receiving export containers would be “significantly delayed.”

“The port is not closed, but we are constantly evaluating the sailing conditions.”

Temperatures in Hastings and Mahia will peak between 14 ° C and 16 ° C throughout the week.

Napier will be slightly warmer with daytime temperatures peaking between 16 ° C and 17 ° C and nighttime temperatures cooling by 11 ° C to 8 ° C from Tuesday to Saturday.

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Source: www.nzherald.co.nz
This notice was published: 2021-05-24 02:34:01

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