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Monday could be a little loud

Precipitation has been found across much of the central part of New Zealand today.  As we head into this evening we also find showers falling on Northland and Auckland.

Satellite pictures show that there is even more moisture on the way as the low continues to advance on New Zealand from the west.

As we go through tonight, tomorrow and Tuesday we will continue to watch for the possibility of heavy rain associated with thunderstorms.

Thunderstorms love take things to an extreme.  Hail, strong winds and heavy rain are all things that thunderstorms do really well.  So, it’s no surprise that any thunderstorms that we see tonight and tomorrow could put down localised heavy rain.

Which begs the question, “Where’s the best chance for thunderstorms?”

Tonight, the main thunderstorm threat lies along the western sections of the North Island, south to the north-western sections of the South Island.  This includes Northland and Auckland…south along the coast to Taranaki and then south to Nelson.

Tomorrow, that threat expands east a bit east.  The northern Waikato, the Bay of Plenty, East Cape/Northern Gisborne, Wanganui and Wellington could all see thunderstorms tomorrow.

On the Mainland, the chance for thunderstorms expands south.  The upper West Coast including Greymouth could see a few thunderstorms.

If you are in Auckland and you are hoping for a repeat of Friday night’s spectacular show, don’t have your standards set too high.  Whilst the chances for a few rounds of thunder and lightning are fairly good, they aren’t likely to be as big and booming as what you saw Friday night.

Homepage image/ Ben Hughes

By Analyst Howard Joseph


Sharalee on 19/08/2012 9:44pm

That was totally wild last night! Got a small shot of some forked lightening going over my house, will get it up on the net when I get home from University…The thunder that followed nearly had me changing my undies :/ and I think the cat is still hanging upside down on the ceiling where she jumped when it hit! Stratford Taranaki

Andrew on 19/08/2012 9:32am

I was probably the only person in Auckland to miss the thunderstorms last night, slept right through it! Figures as I love thunderstorms. Let’s home we get the action tonight ( I’ll be listening out for it this time)!

Richard on 19/08/2012 8:29am

The thunderstorm here is trimendous, heavy rain, lightning bright, sitting inside with the lights off….AWESOME:)

WW Forecast Team on 19/08/2012 9:04am

Where are you located Richard?

John Gaul on 19/08/2012 8:21am

It will be bloody well silent here in Canterbury!


WW Forecast Team on 19/08/2012 9:03am

Yeah you Cantabs could use some booms from the sky instead of the ground.

Cheers, Howard

Melissa on 19/08/2012 6:19am

I would love even a little bit of thunder here in kapiti!
I would of loved to of seen Auckland’s show on Friday night. The storms often just sit out to sea and tease us here, often go north to levin or south to wellington.
Fingers and toes crossed for a great front row seat in one of natures most exciting show’s.

WW Forecast Team on 19/08/2012 6:37am

I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if you got a few thunderstorms tomorrow night Melissa.

Cheers, Howard 

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