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Thunderstorms are coming for western NI tomorrow

The weather is looking to be thunderstorm productive for the west of the North Island during the afternoon tomorrow then about eastern Bay Of Plenty in the evening or overnight.

Storms may not move right over Auckland city however, the latest information from computer models suggest storms may slip down the western side of the city or even perhaps just offshore. This is not to say Auckland will miss out on any afternoon rain, there is more then likely to be some but thunderstorms specifically may not move right over.

Western Waikato has a slightly better shot of a thunderstorm tomorrow and perhaps even northern Taranaki. There still looks to be enough energy in the sun to produce some thundery development over land for the majority of the Waikato too mainly mid to late afternoon.

As the energy from this system moves east the ranges about eastern Bay Of Plenty should kick up a few storms so hopefully the residents of Whakatane manage a show and get to see some night time lightning, no major flooding would be appreciated of course.

Humidity levels with this lot of storms looks to be slightly less then with the storms New Zealand experienced over the weekend but in saying that are still fairly high. So hopefully any flooding issues should be slightly less problematic, the chance for flash flooding still remains with storms tomorrow.

The South Island doesn’t totally miss out, north of Greymouth on the West Coast there is likely to be some thundery activity early in the morning tomorrow then again at night.

Tornado risks with any storms tomorrow assess as low, they can’t be ruled out but the probability of any happening does appear on the low side.


Dane Hawker on 23/04/2013 10:37pm

Why do most large bands of rain and thunderstorms nearly always hug the cost and never make landfall?
Watching the rain radar that past most most of the rain is 100km of Shore. Is it a coincidence or is there a reason?

Brendan Pratt on 23/04/2013 6:27am

Please send some to Te Puke…. Loved the lightening over the weekend

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