A threat for severe weather continues across parts of New Zealand today.
For eastern Otago, a Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued by Government forecaster MetService. This means that conditions are right for the development of thunderstorms with strong winds, heavy rain and hail in and close to the watch area. WeatherWatch.co.nz forecasters agree that the potential for severe weather is there and this will need to be monitored as we go through the rest of the afternoon and into this evening. This watch is in effect until 6:30pm.
The government forecaster has also issued Heavy Rain Warnings;
Additionally, there is a threat for heavy rain about Waitomo, Waikato and Taupo through Thursday morning. MetService and WeatherWatch.co.nz forecasters agree that whilst the threat indeed exists, the potential is not very high for widespread heavy rain that would approach MetService’s warning criteria.
WeatherWatch.co.nz forecasters also believe a heavy rain threat exists for Wellington, the Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa. Again, there is just a small threat for rainfall approaching the criteria MetService has set forth for issuing a warning. However, brief periods of locally heavy rain are expected.
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By Howard Joseph, WeatherWatch.co.nz