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Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Drivers in the lower North Island will need to take extra care on the roads tomorrow (Monday 4 March), with bad weather forecast for the region.

The MetService has issued a Strong Wind Watch for Wellington and southern Wairarapa, a Heavy Rain Warning for the Tararua Ranges, and a Heavy Swell Warning for the Kāpiti/Porirua Coast. 

With northwest winds predicted to approach severe gales, drivers must take special care on exposed routes such as SH2 Remutaka Hill and the Wainui Saddle on SH1 Transmission Gully. This especially applies to motorcyclists, trucks, vans, and towing vehicles.

With the potential for heavy swells to affect the coast near State Highway 59 between Pukerua Bay and Pakākāriki, road users on this route should also be prepared for hazards.

The bad weather is likely to affect afternoon peak travel times. Urban commuters should drive accordingly. Drive to the conditions, increase your following distances, avoid sudden braking, and use your headlights if visibility is poor.

Bad weather can cause roads to close at short notice. Drivers should check the weather and road conditions before they travel.