Updated 11:21am — Here’s what is making the weather headlines today…
LAST DEPARTING SHOTS
Ex tropical cyclone Gabrielle has a few last departing shots as it weakens moving away to the southeast. Some rain for Canterbury may be heavy, mainly Banks Peninsula northwards through to the Kaikoura area this morning then again in the same spots this evening. Some heavy rain about Wairarapa this morning also then easing.
Finally southwesterly winds up the eastern coastal fringe from Banks Peninsula up through to Mahia Peninsula are strong with gales possible, easing a little overnight.
NORTH ISLAND THUNDERSTORMS – THURSDAY
Some upper level cooling moves over the North Island on Thursday, this induces some instability bringing the chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon then easing later in the day. Waikato and inland Bay Of Plenty has the greatest chance but Northland and Auckland could see storms also.
Below is a lifted index map for Thursday at 4:00pm, figures below zero are starting to become unstable. The North Island has figures ranging from -2 to -4.