Weather: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Far North, and a tropical deluge hits the North Island

Weather: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Far North, and a tropical deluge hits the North Island

A severe red warning has been issued for a severe thunderstorm in the far north, bringing heavy rain.

At 5.30pm, MetService weather radar detected a line of severe thunderstorms extending from Te Kau to Motutangi to Kohokuhu.

“This line of severe thunderstorms is moving towards the north-east, and is expected to extend from Te Kau to Motutangi to Mangamuka at 6pm and from Motutangi to Mangamuka at 6.30pm,” MetService said.

These thunderstorms are expected to be accompanied by heavy rain.

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Heavy rains can cause surface and/or flash flooding around streams, gullies and urban areas and make driving conditions extremely dangerous.

A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect for Northland, Auckland, Great Barrier Island and the Coromandel Peninsula.

MetService has warned of possible localized heavy rainfall in the Coromandel Peninsula, eastern Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne Ranges.

The alert is in effect from 3pm until midnight with a threat of flash flooding and dangerous driving conditions.

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Rain hit Auckland at around 12.30pm, followed by heavy rain shortly after. The temperature is expected to reach 26 degrees Celsius. MetService said the rain should ease later this evening.

Rain is also expected Tuesday morning in Seals, but will clear, leaving partly cloudy conditions for the rest of the day with a high of 24C.

MetService meteorologist Toboro Marsters said New Zealanders should take advantage of any sunny weather before the rain hits this week.

“If you haven’t washed your car, now is a good time to do a much-needed car wash and watering,” Marsters said.

“Rain front for most of the motu with heavy falls around Taranaki Munga and heavy rain from eastern Northland to Bay of Plenty in the evening.”

There will be cloudy conditions passing over the North Island in the coming days with rain from Taranaki to Wellington.

There are also temperature alerts today for Whangarei, Auckland, Wittinga, Thames, Napier, Wanganui and Motueka.

A cold front will move over the South Island, bringing heavy rain to the West Coast and triggering a rainfall watch in the Westland Ranges until 8pm today.

Then, heading into the weekend, the weather will be mainly good with some rain in the south.

People should take advantage of any sunny weather before the rain comes this week. Photography: Michael Craig

There is moderate fire danger in the eastern areas from Kaikoura to Central Otago.

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A strong wind watch will remain in place for the Canterbury High Country until midnight tonight.

The good weather has brought people out for walks around the Te Atatu Peninsula.  Photography: Alex Burton
The good weather has brought people out for walks around the Te Atatu Peninsula. Photography: Alex Burton

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