Severe thunderstorms across Auckland, Sunday night.

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As predicted earlier Sunday evening thunderstorms moved down from Northland during the evening and in to Auckland and Waikato overnight.

The Lightning Tracker at detected a few thousand strikes during the storm overnight.

Stormy weather moving in

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A few thunderstorms are tonight showing up on the Lightning Tracker at across parts of Northland.  Isolated heavy showers are likely from Auckland northwards as the centre of the low pressure system moves closer to land. 

Torrential rain, gales likely

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A large area of low pressure is expected to rapidly develop during Friday and Saturday then move across the North Island bringing torrential rain and possibly severe gales for some regions.

Polar blast - the latest

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The polar blast moving up the country is running a little later than first thought with it pushing in to Wellington as we update this story.

Yesterday backed off from the prediction of heavy snow affecting the South Island and this morning reports are coming in of only very light snow falls across Canterbury.