UPDATED – 5:30pm
Hot, humid, conditions will today see an increased risk of thunderstorms over the North Island reports WeatherWatch.co.nz with MetService today increasing the risk of thunderstorms to include Severe thunderstorms. A new map has been provided (see below).
Humidity levels are extreme in Auckland with 95% humidity and 23 degrees creating a ‘feels like’ temperature of 29.
WeatherWatch.co.nz forecasters believe thunder activity is largely affecting the lower North Island.
Keep an eye on the Lightning Tracker this evening to monitor any developments. For more details, see the map below outlining the areas most at risk.
WeatherWatch.co.nz says that some downpours may be heavy enough to cause surface and flash flooding.
People are advised to stay indoors during severe thunderstorms.
Homepage image / Philip Brewer
on 18/12/2010 5:03am
Why dont you do a story on the extreme heat in the south? or do we not matter.
on 18/12/2010 3:35am
In Kawerau there haven’t been any thunderstorms yet, but it’s been raining all day. We have out Christmas in the Park happening right now to the loud music coming from that might cover up any thunder!
on 18/12/2010 2:49am
Napier city is experienceing lots of thunder at the moment.3.45pm. Unsure as to rain however as I am in taradale and there are only a few spots here.
on 18/12/2010 1:55am
We just had a massive downpour in Kaukapakapa our rain meter is reading 30mm while 20 minutes ago it was reading 14mm!!
on 17/12/2010 10:23pm
Here in Kaukapakapa it is warm and heating up and there are quite a few clouds hoping for thunderstorm tonight!! We need a few good ones we deserved it after no thunderstorms for a long time!