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Thunderstorms could rumble parts of NI this afternoon and tonight

A new low moving in off the Tasman Sea will bring more wind and rain to the North Island this afternoon and tonight.

Some of that rain may fall from thunderstorms.  Some heavy falls are also possible.

The best chance for thunderstorms looks to be this afternoon and this evening from Auckland and Northland.

Other areas at significant risk for thunderstorms include Taranaki, western Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne/East Cape.  However, these areas are more likely to see thunderstorms after sunset.  The chances would then last into tonight.

Rainfall rates up to 15mm per hour and winds gusting up to 110 km/h are possible.

Small tornadoes are also possible.  However, the risk is small (less than 20%).

By WeatherWatch Analyst Howard Joseph


Leanne on 20/06/2012 3:26am

My daughter is camping, in tents, for school for the next 3 days in the Waitakere Ranges, Anawhata area. Do you think they will be ok tonight?

WW Forecast Team on 20/06/2012 5:34am

It will not be a dry night up there and will likely be a bit windy.  But school organised events usually have some type of plan in place should the weather go bad.


Brendan Pratt on 20/06/2012 12:49am

ooo so hoping for some thunder in Te Puke today/tomorrow… A nice thunder storm would be a nice birthday gift for the 21st 🙂

Guest on 20/06/2012 3:10am

Happy 21st birthday Brendan 🙂 Hope you get your wish for a thunderstorm. I love thunderstorms too but I hope it waits till I’ve made it safely home off the bus after work! 😉 Rain starting to fall heavily in Auckland CBD as I type…ah well, at least it’s warmed the temperature up

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