Thun­der­storms and hail on the way

Fiji Sun - - Aust/nz News - NZ Her­ald

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.

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