Severe thunderstorms and rain to wet Auckland

 Monday, December 19, 2022 


The severe thunderstorms are moving into Auckland and are expected to arrive on the North Shore before moving closer to the city centre. These thunderstorms are expected to be accompanied by torrential rain.

At 6:45 pm, MetService’s weather radar detected severe thunderstorms near central Auckland and the suburbs of Albany, Dairy Flat, Whangaparāoa and Coatsville, and these were expected to head south and hit Papakura and Drury around 7:45pm.

The torrential rain can cause surface and/or flash flooding about streams, gullies and urban areas, and make driving conditions extremely hazardous.

MetService forecaster Gerard Bellam said Water St in downtown Whangārei received 28.2mm of rainfall in the short burst around 4pm today. A woman was in her Woodhill home when all of a sudden rain started pelting the wall 3m away from the windows it was pouring in through.

And those in central Whangārei did. However, many closer to the city’s outskirts – such as Kamo – missed the wild weather and continued to bask in the day’s sunshine.

Locals shared hearing loud peals of thunder.

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