Continuous thunder across parts of northern NZ

A very active widespread area of thunderstorms is currently crossing the upper North Island, affecting Auckland, Waikato and Northland, some with continous rolling thunder - like in Auckland's west. The front is connected to a change in wind directions,...... Read More

Pirate radio, spying and the weather

In today’s weather forecast we are expecting rain developing in the morning, possibly heavy and thundery with hail, and becoming fine in the afternoon as northerlies turn westerly.   It’s a one-clothing layer day today with a high...... Read More

Blue streak seen when lightning hits school ground

Witnesses have reported seeing blue streaks when a lightning strike hit the grounds of a Hamilton school. Four people were injured as a result of the strike at about 2pm on Monday. The lightning appeared to hit some rugby posts at Hamilton North School...... Read More

Injuries reported after lightning strike at school

A lightning strike at a Hamilton School has reportedly left four people injured this afternoon. Emergency services were called to the grounds of Hamilton Junior and Hamilton North schools on Warwick Ave, just after 2pm. A St John spokesperson confirmed...... Read More

Tauranga on thunderstorm watch

A severe thunderstorm watch is in place for the Bay of Plenty, including Tauranga. Thunderstorms are expected to form over the North Island this afternoon. “Some of these may be severe with localised downpours, 25 to 40mm per hour and significant...... Read More

Texting, Mount Cook and the weather

In today’s weather forecast we are expecting showers, possibly thundery with hail, less frequent from the afternoon, then easing at night. Also a northeast breeze turning northwest about midday.   It’s a one-clothing layer day today...... Read More

Reminder to avoid swimming after heavy rain

With heavy rain saturating the Bay of Plenty in the weekend, and more forecast for today, people are being warned to avoid swimming in streams, rivers and beaches for 48 hours after heavy rain. Medical Officer of Health Dr Neil de Wet would...... Read More

Severe weather watch in place for BOP

A severe weather watch in in place of the Bay of Plenty and northern Gisborne today. A low over the Tasman Sea is moving a series of troughs southeast over the North Island and South Island today, bringing outbreaks of rain or showers with heavy falls...... Read More

NZ Police warn drivers to pay attention in the wet

New Zealand Police are wanting road users to pay attention and make safe decisions, especially when poor weather hits. Jannine Bishop, who has driven over the Kaimai’s this morning says there is a lot of water on the road over the Kaimai Range....... Read More

What’s On: Triathlon, cancellations and weather

Good Morning SunLive readers and welcome back to another rainy and windy start to the second day of summer. There is a lot of debris and surface water out on the roads today, so if you are out and about please drive with caution. Looking at the...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Do you think free parking in the CBD on Saturdays will bring more business to retailers?

No it’s going to add to the parking problems
Yes and it should be extended throughout the week