Storm rum­bling through

Hawke's Bay Today - - Local News - An­drew Ash­ton

A storm front moved through Hawke’s Bay yes­ter­day bring­ing heavy lo­calised down­pours and — so far — more than 100 light­ning strikes.

“There’s a cold pool of air aloft at the mo­ment, so ba­si­cally there is some un­sta­ble air around and that’s just pass­ing over Hawke’s Bay now,” MetSer­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist Mark Bowe said yes­ter­day.

“That’s what has caused the heavy rain.”

Bowe said one weather sta­tion north­west of Napier had re­ported 8.5mm of rain­fall in just one hour.

There had also been 119 light­ning strikes at the time of re­port­ing, he said.

“For the rest of the day the rain will turn to show­ers, so it will be a wet day all round, and snow low­er­ing to 600m.

“Al­though we do have a high of 16C, it will be show­ery. Head­ing into [to­day], the rain will ease to show­ers in the morn­ing and show­ers will clear in the af­ter­noon to be­come fine.

“So, there’s an im­prov­ing trend head­ing into [to­day] and then by Sun­day we just have some cloudy pe­ri­ods with pos­si­ble show­ers in the even­ing and then im­prov­ing again to­wards the end of the week­end.”

For to­mor­row, MetSer­vice is fore­cast­ing a high of 15C.

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