Wellington is one of the windiest places in New Zealand because of its location beside Cook Strait, the only major gap between the mountains running the length of the two main islands. As winds are funnelled through the passage they become stronger, especially on the northern (Wellington) side of the strait. Wellingtonians learn to live with the wind, some claiming they like it. One positive consequence is that air pollution is rarely a problem.
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Reference: F. T. W. Harris, Greater Cook Strait: form and flow. Wellington: DSIR Marine and Freshwater, 1990
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