Severe weather watch lifted

Lighting caught on camera by Chris Heywood at Pongakawa yesterday afternoon.

UPDATED 11.45AM: A severe weather watch issued for the Bay of Plenty has now been lifted.

The MetService issued the watch for a burst of heavy rain yesterday afternoon.

A Pongakawa resident even caught the brief storm on camera when he took a picture of lighting.

Upon reviewing the watch, the weather organisation says today forecast for the Bay is for long fine spells and light westerly winds.

The sunshine is expected to continue throughout the week.


A severe weather watch is still in place for the Bay of Plenty this morning.

The MetService issued the watch yesterday.

It says that heavy rain is expected to ease about the Eastern Bay of Plenty this morning.

“An active front was forecast to move east across the upper North Island overnight bringing a period of heavy rain, especially for eastern Bay of Plenty where rainfall accumulations were expected to reach short during warning criteria (for example 70mm in 12 hours).”

The region did get a dousing of rain overnight and one Pongakawa resident even managed to capture some lighting on camera.

Today’s forecast is for cloudy with morning and evening showers, but fine spells in between.

While the watch is still in place this morning, MetService forecasters are expected to review it around 10am.

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