Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms with localised downpours east of Whakatane.
Severe Thunderstorm Watch
Issued by MetService at 09:02 pm Monday 15th January 2024
Valid until: 12:00 am Tuesday 16th Jan 2024
This is an alert for the potential for localised downpours about Bay of Plenty east of Whakatane and the ranges of Gisborne.
Between 9pm and midnight tonight, localised downpours of 25-40 mm/h may occur.
These downpours could occur with or without thunderstorms.
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.
Driving conditions will also be hazardous with surface flooding and poor visibility in heavy rain.
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.