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Blown away . . . strongest wind of the year so far

Yesterday was one of the windiest September days in the past 30 years, according to the national weather archive kept by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.

Strong north-west winds buffeted Gisborne for much of yesterday, reaching over 81 kilometres an hour at Gisborne Airport.

It was the strongest wind of the year so far, the previous highest being a near-78kmh gust on August 9.

Records show September is often a windy month, with the onset of what are popularly know as the equinoctials — strong north-west winds around the time of the spring equinox.

Yesterday's gale-force wind was boosted by the compression effect of coming off the hills to the north and west of Gisborne, and was strongest near the coast.

The Gisborne District Council gauge at Pouawa recorded a gust of 118.5kmh at 11am.

Obtaining data this morning has been made difficult because of yet another cyber attack disrupting a number of organisations' websites, including MetService.

Websites refuse to load or simply show a blank page.

The district's outlook for the next five days is for colder conditions and rain, contrary to some predictions of a warm, dry spring.

— RH