North Island to be drenched with heavy rain as wild weather continues

The wild weather which battered New Zealand over the weekend will carry on throughout Monday night.

Severe weather watches are in place as rain continues to drench the North Island.

Metservices advises people to keep up to date with the latest news in case the warnings escalate.

Waikato, Waitomo, Taumarunui, Taupo and Taranaki are all forecast to experience heavy rainfall and thunderstorms on Monday through to Tuesday morning.


The Bay of Plenty will be soaked too, with Metservice warning rainfall accumulations could reach warning criteria. 

Storms wreaked havoc across the North Island on Sunday with strong winds tearing the roofs off properties - including Auckland's iconic waterfront event centre The Cloud.

The city saw more than 50 lightning strikes - and New Zealand as a whole had a whopping 1,700.

MetService has also issued severe thunderstorm warnings for northern and central parts of the country. 

"A few of these thunderstorms have been identified as severe and warnings have been issued for torrential rain, large hail, damaging wind gusts and possible tornadoes," it warns.

"The threat of squally thunderstorms remains over much of the North Island and upper South Island today, and a Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for western parts of the North Island.

"Any thunderstorms that occur will likely be accompanied by localised heavy rain, hail, wind gusts of 110 km/h or more, and possibly a small tornado."

Here's hoping the wild weather blows itself out later in the week.



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