Thunderstorms to rumble across the Bay

The MetService has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Coromandel Peninsula and the Bay of Plenty.

Scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected about northern and central parts of the North Island this afternoon and evening, says the weather organisation.

"For Auckland, western Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Waitomo, Taumarunui, Taupo, Taihape and the ranges of Gisborne, plus inland parts of Bay of Plenty, Taranaki and Whanganui, there is a risk that some of these thunderstorms could become severe producing localised downpours of 25 to 40mm per hour and possibly more.

"Rainfall of this intensity can cause flash flooding, slips and hazardous driving conditions.

"A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favourable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area."

The MetService says people in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and monitor for possible Severe Thunderstorm Warnings.

This watch affects people in the following weather forecast districts: 

Auckland 

Coromandel Peninsula

Waikato 

Waitomo 

Taumarunui 

Bay of Plenty 

Rotorua 

Taupo 

Gisborne 

Taranaki 

Taihape 

Wanganui



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