Afternoon and evening rain and thunderstorms are possible throughout Taranaki today.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in force for Taranaki and other parts of lower North Island and top of the South Island.
A MetService release said a hot and humid northerly flow was expected to cover northern and central New Zealand.
The combination of the humid airmass and local sea breezes are likely to produce scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms about the southern half of the North Island and northern South Island during the afternoon and evening, MetService said.
The highest risk of thunderstorms is from Taranaki and inland Hawkes Bay to Wellington, and also about inland Nelson and Buller.
Localised heavy rain will accompany the thunderstorms, with rainfall rates mostly in the 15-25mm per hour range, MetService said.
The thunderstorms in the North Island may also be squally, with localised wind gusts of 60-90km/hr.
Today's forecast looks similar to what it did last night when a thunderstorm swept over New Plymouth and coastal Taranaki.
About 6pm a visible front of dark clouds, rain and wind moved down the coast with some people reporting sightings of forked lightening and a waterspout.
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