Weather: Thunderstorm and heavy rain strikes in Auckland overnight

Aucklanders have reported being woken up to loud thunder and heavy rain in the early hours of this morning, as an epic thunderstorm moved over the city.

The thunderstorm struck between 3am and 5am – bringing loud thunder and a band of wet weather that brought 20mm of rain in an hour in some parts.

MetService meteorologist Kyle Lee described the thunderstorm as “pretty decent” and said it mostly affected the Auckland CBD and eastern suburbs.

Several weather stations reported rainfall accumulations of up to 20mm; including in the Auckland city centre, Mt Albert and Birkdale. Other stations saw rainfall accumulations of up to 15mm.

The weather event has since moved away from Auckland and is now causing heavy rain in and around the Bay of Plenty.

An orange heavy rain warning remains in place in the eastern Bay of Plenty and the Gisborne Ranges, Westland and the headwaters of the Canterbury Lakes.

People in those areas are warned that streams and rivers may rise rapidly as a result and surface flooding and slips are possible. Driving conditions may also become hazardous.

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