Storm rumbling through
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.