Thunderstorms to roll across the BOP

Thunderstorms are moving across New Zealand this afternoon. Image: MetService.

A severe thunderstorm watch is in force for the Bay of Plenty as thunder rumbles across the city.

The MetService says frequent thunderstorms are expected to affect the area this afternoon and into the evening.

"These storms could bring downpours with hourly rainfall rates exceeding 40mm.

"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."

A heavy rain watch is also in place for the Bay of Plenty.

This watch affects people in the following weather forecast districts:
Waikato, Waitomo, Taumarunui, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Taupo, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Taihape, Wanganui, Manawatu

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