A decent and dry end to the week for most of the country

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



Pre-dawn thunderstorm hits Auckland, westerly front could bring more this morning

Aucklanders have woken to a vigorous thunderstorm this morning as a westerly flow moves over many parts of the region.

MetService says Aucklanders can expect the showers and possible thunder to continue until midday, where they will start to break up into fine spells.

The chance of thunderstorms this morning is also moderate in the regions surrounding Auckland - Northland, Waikato, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki, as well as Rotorua and Taupo to a lesser extent.

The storms could bring localised downpours up to 20mm per hour, but MetService is confidence the amount of rainfall should not cause too many problems.

Going into the weekend, more fronts are coming in from the west and temperatures to drop somewhat.

Down south, there are overnight road snowfall warnings in place for Porters Pass and Lindis Pass, as well as the Crown Range Road.

For a full forecast for your area, see our weather page here.

At least 1300 properties are without power in Taranaki after lightning strikes early this morning.
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Thunder and rain warnings in place for Waikato, Taranaki, Nelson and Marlborough

A heavy rain and thunder warning is in place today for parts of the country stretching from the Waikato to Taranaki and including Nelson and Malborough.

MetService says thunderstorms could be severe in Waikato, Waitomo, Taumarunui and Taranaki with the possibility of localised small tornadoes.

Downpours in these areas could also cause flash flooding with warnings in place through to early afternoon.

The same thunder and rain warnings are in place for the Nelson region and northern Marlborough through to early afternoon. 

Breakfast weatherman Matty McLean has the latest weather update. Source: Breakfast