This watch affects people in the following weather forecast districts:
Northland, Auckland, Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato, Waitomo, Taumarunui, Bay Of Plenty, Taupo, Gisborne, Taranaki, Wanganui, Manawatu, Kapiti Horowhenua, Wellington, Marlborough.
Two fronts are expected to cross the North Island today says the crown forecaster. The first lies at mid morning from Waitomo to the northwest, and is expected to clear the East Cape area this evening. A second front lying over the upper South Island is expected to intensify this afternoon and may organise into a squall line as it crosses the upper North Island late afternoon/early evening to lie east of East Cape by late evening.
There is a high risk of quite squally thunderstorms on both of these features as they cross the west and north of the North Island.
Over the Kapiti Coast to Taranaki, and from Waitomo/Waikato north, and also over northern Coromandel Peninsula, central and eastern Bay of Plenty and far northern Gisborne, some of these thunderstorms may be SEVERE due to the potential for damaging wind gusts to 130km/hr or so. There is also a risk of a tornado.
Wind gusts of this strength can cause some structural damage, including trees and power lines, and may make driving hazardous. If any tornados occur, they will only affect very localised areas.
Should severe weather approach or if you feel threatened, take shelter immediately.
Issued by: Paul Mallinson, MetService.