A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has just been issued by MetService New Zealand forecasters. Clouds are bubbling up over central parts of the North Island and already a few lightning strikes have been recorded. The rain radar has recorded lightning strikes this afternoon along the ranges west of Hawke’s Bay.

People can track the rain radar on our website at http://bit.ly/NZRainRadar.

To see if these thunderstorms may affect your town head over to http://bit.ly/metservicenz ^MB & TC.

Civil Defence has warned Aucklanders that ‘high-intensity rainfall’ and thunderstorms will whip through the city today.

They have warned the residents to clear any gutters a d drains and be prepared for a large amount of rain while driving.  

New Zealand Transport Agency has closed roads due to flooding near Wellington.

Meanwhile, Weatherwatch.co.nz has said it is too early to confirm, the bout of bad weather could impact any Christmas parades scheduled for this weekend.