Showers combined with afternoon heating are creating some big build ups across the North Island this afternoon.
Heaviest showers are building across the Waikato region and skirting Auckland too. Showers are also pushing into Bay of Plenty, Central Plateau, Taranaki, Wanganui, Manawatu and Wairarapa.
Thunder activity has been fairly quiet today however WeatherWatch.co.nz says, generally speaking, there’s a low to moderate risk across much of the upper North Island today for a few, isolated, rumbles of thunder.
A few thunderstorms have already been detected around Waikato in the past hour.
WeatherWatch.co.nz also says there is a moderate risk of a few funnel clouds, but the chance of one becoming a tornado or waterspout is considered low. Howevery swirling, gusty, winds may accompany some of the bigger cloud build ups this afternoon and evening.
Meanwhile much of the South Island remains dry ahead of a large front and cold change. Rain is expected to develop overnight and tomorrow in the deep south then head northwards.
Colder air behind it could see some places 10 degrees cooler by the end of the week compared to this past weekend and the start of the week.
– Homepage image / File, David Hawke
on 28/02/2012 3:57am
We just had really heavy rain in Beachlands…. the driveway and road outside looked like a river for about 20 minutes… great for our water tanks!!
on 28/02/2012 3:36am
Just have a storm passing over Tauranga now; been a few claps of thunder!
on 28/02/2012 2:35am
Some rather heavy since lunchtime. More to come looking at the sky to the west
on 28/02/2012 1:57am
Invercargill – some high cloud/sun, a NE wind and I have a current reading of 20.1