City rocked by thunder
A sudden storm has sprung a surprise on Auckland, with barrelling thunder, hundreds of lightning strikes and large hailstones thumping the region on Tuesday.
There were 870 lightning strikes recorded across the country between 11am and 4.45pm, with 370 of those in Auckland, a MetService spokeswoman said.
The large number of lightning strikes prompted NIWA to issue a warning to get off the water.
The storm manifested itself in hyperlocal pockets, with some Aucklanders not experiencing any of the rain, hail or thunder that struck other parts of the city.
Karaka resident Kelly Newby said her house was pelted by a 30-minute hailstorm before the sun came out again.
‘‘Its brilliant and sunny now but it came out of nowhere. It just pelted down massive stones of ice.
‘‘It looked like it had snowed
‘‘It came in really thick, it was banging on the windscreen of the car windows and our downpipe from the guttering was frozen solid,’’ Newby said.
NIWA principal scientist Chris Brandolino said these sorts of weather events are fairly common at this time of year.
‘‘Spring is really everything goes,’’ he said.
Karaka resident Kelly Newby said the hail was ‘‘freezing cold’’.