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Thunderstorms on Christmas Day, where and when

For most of us this will not appear as bad as it seems but a few areas are likely to get some late afternoon thunderstorms tomorrow.

This is mainly due to the very humid air we will be seeing at the surface. In fact today in the North Island there is likely to be a few thunderstorms in a line from eastern Bay Of Plenty through to Taranaki, a few strikes have been detected already. So watch for heavy falls in this area during the remainder of today.

Storms tomorrow are most likely about the lower North Island from southern Taranaki in the west down through to Wellington mainly about hills and ranges. Also Buller and the Nelson Lakes region tomorrow will see some heavy thundery downpours. Isolated showers may sprout up late afternoon anywhere from Mid Canterbury northwards into North Canterbury mainly along the foothills also.

Any thunderstorms over the course of today and tomorrow have the potential to produce significant downpours due to the highly saturated air so something to take note of if you happen to be near any that form.

This situation is quite interesting as thunderstorms developed last Christmas in some inland parts of the South Island and here we are again, luckily they’ll probably be out of site for my beady eyes otherwise I would be inclined to want to go after them and chase being the keen thunderstorm man that I am.

In any case I hope all of you have a very merry christmas tomorrow. Cheers, Aaron.

Homepage image / Inland thunderstorms near Fairlie last Christmas

By weather analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


sw on 24/12/2012 6:30am

If it goes NE which is predicted should be quite wet in auckland too.

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