Rough weather will continue into the weekend as a deep low in the Southern Ocean frequently fires up front after front and pulls the windy and colder Roaring 40s up and over New Zealand.
The isobars are extra packed this weekend so if you live in eastern and central parts of New Zealand especially, expect strong to gale force winds from the westerly quarter.
Intense thunderstorms pushed up the entire west coast of the country overnight and while only a few rumbles affected Auckland, along with some spectacular downpours, the main band of thunderstorms died just off the coast off Piha before midnight.
But the west coast of the country will now see a much stronger change come in across the weekend – pushing in massive 6 to 8 metre swells along with gale force winds.
We’ll keep you posted right across the weekend
– Homepage image / File, Sam Hall
on 8/07/2011 2:27am
Wild – great rumbles of thunder and heavy rain in the Waikato around 10pm last night
on 8/07/2011 2:00am
What a night here on the Kapiti Coast.
It set in about 8-9pm, we had the works! ie thunder, lightning, hail, torrential downpours (34mm in my rain gauge this morning), squally winds.
Continued off/on all night, Thunder was so loud at times it made my teeth rattle and the cats thought they’d used up one of their nine lives!
So nice of you Auckland, to give us a turn for once! as we probably won’t get another show like that in a long time.
At least i can catch up on my beauty sleep tonight:)
on 8/07/2011 9:48am
We had one crack of thunder here in New Plymouth at bang on 2:00Am and it was the loudest crack of thunder I have ever heard in my life I honestly thought this was the start to the end of the world my 2 kids got woken up by it and they were so scared my cat literally leaped outta her skin ( she was asleep) and her fur stood on end thankfully that was the only rumble we had but later on in the morning i was to find out people in Oakura and Waitara heard it as well I bet 99% of New Plymouth would of heard that crack of thunder it was deafening and scary far louder than anything i have ever heard I thought the house was gunna crumble