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Stormy weather moves in

A very active front is moving across the North Island this morning delivering torrential rain and thunderstorms to those in the west.

Around 2500 lightning strikes have been picked up by the Lightning Detector at, mostly to the west of the country.

Torrential rain is currently moving over parts of Taranaki, the Wanganui region and Manawatu.   Rain is also spilling over into the dry farms of Wairarapa and the front is inching slowly northwards, although Weather Watch forecasters believe it will weaken as it moves north-eastwards. 

Meanwhile it’s remaining hot and humid ahead of the front.  Auckland stayed over 20 degrees last night with the Weather Watch Centre’s humidex reporting it felt more like the late 20s – making for another restless nights sleep.

Humidity is again up around 80% with the air temperature at 23 in Auckland and 25 in the eastern Coromandel Peninsula.

But there is a cool change on the way.  Yesterday, as that front rolled through, Dunedin went from 26 to 11 in just hours.  In parts of Canterbury the temperature dropped from the low 30s to the upper teens.

Today Timaru, which reached over 30 yesterday, is currently just 12.  Dunedin and Invercargill are also only on 12 while on the West Coast it’s just 9 degrees in Milford Sound.


SW on 3/01/2009 3:06am

What an awful Change,Much cooler,only about 4mm rain and a Nasty SWer At Gale Force though hopefully will ease bringing at this stage a million pine needles then youre in tree huggers paradise.

David on 3/01/2009 12:24am

That northwester is very warm indeed – thermometer in backyard (note it is shaded) says a max of 28.4 this afternoon (compared to 28.7 yesterday and 28.9 on the 1st).

Andrew on 2/01/2009 10:03pm

Phil here its 27.5c at 11am and cloudy. Hoping we get a good afternoon of thunder and lightning.

Its also 30% Humidity.
Checked radar and rain front looks good for us at this stage we may get quite a bit of rain.


Sarah B on 2/01/2009 11:05pm

27.5 here too in Beachlands. We need some rain for our tanks so bring it on! :o)

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