Thunderstorms and hail on the way
Auckland: MetService had issued a severe thunderstorm watch and warned that thunderstorms could hit the central and southern North Island.
MetService spokesperson John Crouch says the combination of another warm humid day and light winds will lead to cloud build-ups, and this could result in scattered heavy showers and thunder.
Areas affected include southern Taupō, Taumarunui, Taihape, inland Whanganui, northern Manawatū, the western ranges of Gisborne andHawke’s Bay.
“Some of the thunderstorms may be severe with localised downpours of 20-40mm/hr and small hail,” Mr Crouch said.
“Rainfall of this intensity can cause surface and/or flash flooding, especially about lowlying areas such as streams, rivers or narrow valleys, and may also lead to slips.”
Motorists were warned of hazardous driving conditions and poor visibility in the heavy rain.