Unstable weather has lead to thunderstorms, downpours and also a large waterspout in Auckland on Sunday afternoon.
The waterspout (which is a tornado over water) was seen near North Shore by a number of Aucklanders shortly after 4pm and captured on camera from Castor Bay and Takapuna (see below).
Most thunderstorms are now east of the city out to sea, but some isolated heavy downpours remain as a large area of low pressure from the Tasman Sea falls apart over New Zealand. Afternoon heating plus atmospheric instability help create isolated waterspouts lke this.
Further isolated waterspouts and tornados are possible across parts of the North Island this afternoon and evening, with the risk diminishing overnight.