Chance of thunderstorms around NZ today with more bad weather expected later this week

Most of the country could be spending the afternoon indoors with the chance of heavy rain and thunderstorms is forecast.

MetService predicts a warm humid flow will cover New Zealand today, with morning bands of heavy rain in the northeast of the North Island and western South Island.

With this comes a low risk of associated thunderstorms around the Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and Fiordland.

Later in the day, more scattered showers are expected with thunderstorms in the central and southern North Island, and inland South Island.

TVNZ weather presenter Dan Corbett with the latest update. Source: 1 NEWS

But today's storms are just a hint of what's to come at the end of the week.

A severe weather outlook has been issued by MetService for much of the country heading into Thursday.

Rainfall could reach warning amounts around Northland and Auckland tomorrow.

There's high chance of it reaching warning amounts by late tomorrow in the Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and western ranges of Gisborne. 

On Friday southern Taranaki, Taihape to Wellington, including coastal Marlborough are expected to get heavy downpours. 

Severe gales are likely for the northern half of the North Island tomorrow and Friday. 

MetService are advising people to keep up to date with severe weather information as the week continues.

For the latest weather forecast in your area click here.

It's been a wet and wild start to the day in the south.
Source: 1 NEWS

Search for diver missing in Marlborough Sounds continues

The search for a diver missing in the Marlborough Sounds will recommence this morning.

The diver, a 25-year-old man, was reported missing off Titi Island at 3.17pm yesterday.

Today the Police Maritime Unit is heading across from Wellington with the Police Dive Squad on board.

Search and Rescue teams, the Coastguard and a helicopter were involved in a search yesterday.


Rhythm and Vines festival-goer wearing body paint on chest calling for 'sincere' apology from man who grabbed her

A Rhythm and Vines festival-goer wearing glitter body-art says she is still waiting for a sincere apology from the man who grabbed her.

Madeline Anello-Kitzmiller, 20, was grabbed by a man at the Gisborne event on New Year's Eve as she was walking through crowds - bare chested - except for body art she'd had painted at a festival stall.

In a video filmed by a fellow festival-goer and posted to Facebook, Ms Anello-Kitzmiller can be seen walking back over to the man who grabbed her, slapping him four times, while her friend pours a drink over him, after he ran away.

The video was viewed more than 200,000 times before it was taken down by Facebook. 

"I think there was a lot of built up anger from harassment throughout the day and we were just tired of it … I had to react to it because I wasn't not going to stand up for myself," Ms Anello-Kitzmiller told NZ Herald.

The young man who harassed her later apologised after the crowd grew angry, but she says it "wasn't sincere at all," as he and his friends laughed.

Ms Anello-Kitzmiller said some of the messages she's received following the incident have been vile.

"There's a lot of people saying I deserved it or I was asking for it, but the fact is people should be able to dress however they want ... no matter what you wear your body is nobody else's but your own."

However she says people also contacted her to say they'd been inspired.

Ms Anello-Kitzmiller, originally from Portland, Oregon said the experience was a "culture shock", recounting a festival in the US where people ended up "naked, caked in mud and there was no negativity".

Police spokespeople told NZ Herald they have not received a complaint over the incident.