Auckland and Northland may see early heavy showers with a chance of hail, perhaps (a low chance of) a flicker of lightning in there also.
Showers clear pretty much everywhere in the upper North Island early on, however showers linger in a southeasterly airflow out about the Hauraki Gulf and Great Barrier Island and the Coromandel, as well as perhaps far eastern parts of Northland, which could still see a few showers through the day.
Showers skirting eastern areas of the North Island may be heavy, with possible thunderstorms and hail till midday before mostly clearing away.
In the Coromandel, there could be a further round of heavy isolated showers, with a chance of thunder in the afternoon – then clearing away in the evening.
The Bay Of Plenty sees isolated showers in the late afternoon and into evening, wiith a chance some may become heavy with thunderstorms, before clearing away.
There are showers about Hawkes Bay and Gisborne late in the day too, with a chance these may be heavy, and the chance of thunder too – but perhaps only a low to moderate risk.
Some inland parts of the South Island may dip to around 1 degree in the morning so it’s something for growers to look out for – in December!
– Aaron Wilkinson & Drew Chappell, WeatherWatch.co.nz
– Photo: Zelda Wynn