A rapidly weakening front is currently moving across the North Island but despite the rain clouds ‘falling apart’ afternoon heating, sunny spells and high humidity could lead to some heavy localised downpours.
WeatherWatch.co.nz believes thunderstorms wont be so widespread however his morning MetService increased their thunderstorm risk to include the risk of Severe Thunderstorms mainly across inland areas such as Waikato and the Taupo region.
WeatherWatch.co.nz believes inland places such as Waikato and Taupo will be at higher risk, however says coastal areas such as Auckland may not get enough heat to generate big thunderstorms.
Head weather analyst Philip Duncan says either way conditions are a little unstable over northern New Zealand. “We think thunderstorms are mostly likely inland where afternoon heating can create some big build ups. Coastal regions, such as Auckland, may not receive widespread thunder but certainly heavy downpours are highly likely”.