Incredible footage has shown the aftermath of a hailstorm at Auckland's Muriwai Beach, with its famous black sand turned completely white.
The footage, supplied to Newshub, shows hailstorms littering the beach with only a few patches of black sand peeking through.
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Metservice spokesperson Lisa Murray told Newshub "all the weather ingredients were there" for hail on Thursday morning.
There is no more hail expected for the rest of the day and the weather is expected to improve over the weekend.
Warmer than average weather will spread back over the North Island for the first time in five days on Friday, thanks to air flows from the Tasman Sea, said forecaster Weather Watch.
It comes as forecasters say an abnormal El Niño weather event is looking likely for New Zealand over summer.
NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll said there was now an 80 percent chance it will happen.