Severe weather is expected to hit much of the North Island today as an active front moves across the northern part of the country.
MetService has issued a severe thunderstorm watch and a severe weather watch for gales for Auckland, Northland, Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula, and Waikato.
There is also a severe weather warning for heavy rain for the central North Island high country.
There is a risk of potentially damaging winds for parts of Auckland, Northland and the Coromandel. The greatest risk is this evening from northwest winds, shifting around to southwest after midnight MetService said.
The front is expected to pass rapidly eastwards across the upper North Island this evening with a possibility of thunderstorms and some lightning. Because of the fast moving nature of this front wind gusts with these thunderstorms have the potential to exceed 110kmh and could cause structural damage, including to trees and power lines, and may make driving hazardous.
In the central North Island a strong moist westerly flow will bring long periods of rain today. During the evening, a front should cross the area with a burst of intense rain.
A further 60mm to 90mm of rain is expected for the central North Island high country today from 8am to midnight.
MetService said people planning outdoor activities in these areas should be aware of heavy rain today and that rivers and streams could rise rapidly.
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