What's up with the weather?

RACHEL THOMAS
Last updated 13:31 13/08/2014

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Sunny skies one minute, downpours the next, lashings of wind in between - it seems Waikato is tasting the weather mood swings normally reserved for its northern big brother. 

MetService has a severe weather watch in place today for Waikato, Waitomo, Coromandel Peninsula, Rotorua and Bay of Plenty, among others. 

A front is expected to spread further cold southwesterlies over the country today. 

Though Hamilton folk woke up to blue skies, showers should turn to rain tonight, with some heavy and possibly thundery falls in the west from evening. Fresh gusty westerlies will bring a low of 5 Celsius overnight.

A gale warning is in force for Raglan, with westerly at 25 knots, rising to northwest 35 knots this evening, turning southwest 35 knots tonight. Rough seas are expected, with a southwest swell rising to 4m.

A second trough will follow tomorrow, bringing colder temperatures and rising the southwesterlies to gale up to 110km in exposed places in the afternoon. 

Snow is expected in the central North Island high country above 800m during Thursday. Severe southwest gales are possible in Hawkes Bay, Taihape, Wanganui, Taranaki, Waikato, Waitomo, Coromandel Peninsula, Auckland and western parts of Bay of Plenty during Thursday afternoon and evening.

People in the affected areas are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecast in the event part of this watch is upgraded to a warning.

On the Desert Rd, sleet is expected to turn to snow above 700 metres tonight through to late Thursday morning, with snow showers returning again in the evening. 

From 11pm tonight to 10am Thursday, expect 4cm to 8cm to accumulate above 800m, with lesser amounts to 600m. Up to 8cm more may fall Thursday night above 800m, with lesser amounts to 600m.

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- Waikato Times

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