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Thunderstorms near Auckland, quieter elsewhere

It’s a much quieter day in the skies over the North Island with no thunderstorm warnings being issued as of 4pm.  Very little thunder activity is being detected however a band of thunderstorms and torrential rain has formed in southern parts of Auckland, mostly around Pukekohe and the Bombay hills.

The anvil clouds responsible can be clearly seen from across Auckland city.

Over Waikato similar clouds are forming and torrential downpours are appearing across mountains and ranges all over the North Island south of Auckland.

As the afternoon progresses heating is expected to rapidly grow these clouds with torrential rain spreading further out towards populated places. 

EDIT:  6:30PM:  PLEASE NOTE there are now 3 severe thunderstorm warnings in force… while lightning numbers are certainly well down on yesterday these violent thunderstorms are moving towards populated centres.  Check back for updates.

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JohnGaul on 27/01/2010 4:51am

Looks like a bit of development going on in inland Canterbury at the moment.
…about time we got in on the action.


Toni on 27/01/2010 4:39am

This afternoon looked very promising in Tirau once again but to no excitement. All the build ups seemed to disappear over the kaimais and to the south. Hopefully some will get to us and not go right around like usual!!!… 🙂

Guest on 27/01/2010 3:41am

large cloud’s forming around masterton now its got very humid last few hours i think we in for a storm…. what do you think?


Guest on 27/01/2010 2:48am

Very heavy rain in Pukekohe with thunder, still very warm and humid.

Guest on 27/01/2010 1:18am

So will West Auckland miss out on rain yet again then?

WW Forecast Team on 27/01/2010 2:00am

Looks like it – some big showers over the Bombays…it’s possible they may drift north west… but we’re thinking about revising down the chances of showers over Auckland….yet again!


Ryan on 27/01/2010 1:14am

Rotorua is very warm outside and there are some large tall CB’s developing in all directions. Looks like it might be an interesting afternoon and evening!

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