Bay on thunderstorm watch

Thunderstorms are possible this evening says the MetService.

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the Bay of Plenty as thunderstorms continue to rumble across the North Island.

The MetService issued the watch for the region this morning.

Scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected about inland parts of the central and lower North Island this afternoon and evening.

“For Waikato, Waitomo, Taumarunui, southern Bay of Plenty, Taupo, Taihape, inland parts of Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu and the ranges of Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa there is a risk that some of these thunderstorms could become severe producing localised downpours of 25 to 40mm per hour.

“Rainfall of this intensity can cause flash flooding, slips and hazardous driving conditions,” says the weather organisation.

The thunderstorms are a continued pattern this week, with the MetService recording more than 10,000 lighting strikes overnight.

The watch is valid until 9pm.

Areas included in the watch are:

Waikato

Waitomo

Taumarunui

Bay of Plenty

Rotorua

Taupo

Hawke's Bay

Taranaki

Taihape

Wanganui

Manawatu

Tararua

Kapiti-Horowhenua

Wairarapa



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