A wet, windy night is ahead for
Auckland and the upper North Island as severe thunderstorms
with "potentially damaging" gusts of more than 100km/h are
expected to hit just before midnight.
Metservice has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for
Auckland, Northland, the Coromandel and Waikato until
Meteorologist Daniel Corbett said the coming storm will
affect a much larger area than localised thunderstorms
earlier this week, which damaged homes and brought down trees
and powerlines on Auckland's North Shore.
"The main risk will will be strong potentially damaging
winds, thunderstorms, heavy downpour - there will be
Mini tornadoes could not be ruled out, he said.
Blustery south-westerly winds and showers are expected to
continue in the north tomorrow before conditions improve
during the day.
Showers will persist through much of the country tomorrow,
although more sheltered eastern areas such as Gisborne,
Hawke's Bay and Canterbury should escape the worst of the
Sunday would be a much better day for outdoor plans, said Mr
"I'd pick Sunday for mowing the grass or a bike ride - there
might still be a few showers into places like Fiordland or
Westland, but [it will be] drier."
The past week has seen multiple weather systems moving across
the country, causing snowfall to close mid Canterbury roads
between Springfield and Arthur's Pass.
"The Roaring Forties, the storm track that sits in the
Southern Ocean and bends up across New Zealand in the spring,
that has just been streaming in weather systems almost like a
weather breeding ground.
"That will ease back as we go through the rest of the month."
Auckland will have showers and a high of 16degC tomorrow,
early showers on Sunday clearing to a high of 18degC.
Wellington is looking at a high of 15degC tomorrow, improving
slightly to 17degC on Sunday.
Christchurch can expect a high of 14degC tomorrow with the
odd shower and northwest winds. Sunday is looking more
promising with a high of 19degC.
Dunedin will have a high of 14degC tomorrow, but is the place
to be on Sunday with sun, warm northwest winds, and a high of