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Thunderstorm risk for upper NI today

A cold and preceding trough should move onto the northern North Island on Friday afternoon and evening, reaching eastern Bay of Plenty at night. Both the front and trough are expected to bring rain to the northern half of the North Island,with possibly a few embedded thunderstorms says the government forecaster, MetService.

“These thunderstorms are most likely about Northland in the afternoon, and about Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Taupo in the late afternoon and evening, where there is a moderate risk of storms. A much lower risk of thunderstorms covers remaining central North Island areas and central Hawkes Bay during the afternoon and/or early evening as indicated on the chart”.

MetService says localised heavy rain will accompany any thunderstorms that do develop, and it is possible rainfall rates could reach 25mm/hr (or more) in a few places.

No thunderstorms are expected over the South Island on Friday afternoon or evening.

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Laura on 18/03/2011 10:28am

in Kerikeri tonight. Whole sky was lighting up!

didi on 18/03/2011 6:13am

are still going to get thunder in kerikeri

WW Forecast Team on 18/03/2011 6:31am

Hi Didi – doesn’t look that way

– WeatherWatch weekends

11:30pm edit – Apologies Didi, it appears a small area of thunderstorms has passed near/over Kerikeri – we hope you spotted them!

Erica on 18/03/2011 5:19am

Pouring down in Thames now.

Guest on 18/03/2011 4:42am

At The mount,, weather going around us so far but can see the rain at lightning offshore 5.42pm looks like we might get nailed around full tide!!

Ben H on 18/03/2011 3:23am

No thunder storms yet here in penrose but some of the heaviest constant rain i have ever seen in my life.. the water is coming up out of the drains, a work mate said it reminds him of sydney weather.
The road is flooded as is our driveway…. oh ok… scratch that just as im typing a bright flash and a huge clap of thunder.. woohoo! looks like it will be an interesting drive home.

Guest on 17/03/2011 8:12pm

What’s your view Phil???

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