Severe Thunderstorm Watch
Area: Wanganui, Manawatu, Tararua, Kapiti-Horowhenua, Wairarapa, Wellington
Period: 7hrs 30min from 12:30pm – 8pm Wed, 15 Dec
Forecast: This afternoon and early evening warm temperatures and moisture at low levels combined with cooling aloft are likely to bring unstable conditions and thunderstorms to the lower North Island.
From Whanganui to Wellington and also Wairarapa including the Tararua District there is a risk of Severe thunderstorms bringing downpours with rainfall rates of 25 to 40 mm/h. Rainfall of this intensity can cause surface and/or flash flooding, especially about low-lying areas such as streams, rivers or narrow valleys, and may also lead to slips.
Issued: 8:06am Wed, 15 Dec
Next update: 8pm Wed, 15 Dec
Note: A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favourable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. People in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and monitor for possible Severe Thunderstorm Warnings.
For information on preparing for and keeping safe during a storm, see the Civil Defence Get Ready website