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Leave extra time for travel this afternoon - heavy downpours forecast

The NZ Transport Agency is warning drivers to plan ahead for travel this afternoon with bursts of heavy rain forecast.

The downpours are likely to coincide with rush hour this afternoon, potentially resulting in hazardous driving conditions as commuters leave Wellington city centre from around 4:30pm today.

Heavy rain can make the roads slippery so allow extra distance to stop and drive to the conditions.

“Be aware that traffic often slows down in wet weather so be patient and allow extra time to get to your destination. Heavy rain can also cause rivers and streams to rise rapidly and slips are possible in vulnerable areas. Consider whether you’re prepared for driving in this wet weather and whether you could change your plans,” said Wellington Transport Operations Centre Director Mike Seabourne.

Cyclists and those travelling on two wheels are particularly vulnerable in wet weather. Please allow extra room for cyclists who may have reduced visibility and may have to cycle around puddles. Cyclists are advised to flick your lights on and wear your high vis gear or consider leaving your bike at work and taking the train or bus home.

Gale force winds are expected this afternoon and evening and these may become severe in parts of Wellington and Wairarapa. Winds of this strength can bring down trees and power lines, and make driving hazardous for high-sided vehicles, cyclists and motorcycles.

If you’re heading over the Rimutaka Hill Road this afternoon then take extra care. Wet weather and high winds will make driving hazardous and there could be slips on the hill.

The Wellington Transport Operations Centre will be monitoring the weather and our contractors are at the ready should the highway conditions deteriorate.

For more information visit link), @NZTAWgtn or follow NZ Transport Agency- Wellington on Facebook.