Cloud associated with a Tasman Low is producing areas of rain about the upper South Island and North Island. Due to the position of the low, prevailing winds are north/northeasterly so the heaviest falls are concentrated over the far North Island.
In December 2014 we upgraded our lightning network to the latest in sensor technology as used by the world's leading meteorological agencies. This has resulted in changes and improvements to the lightning data you will now see. The main changes are:
23:18 EDT A man has died after being struck by lightning while leaving a polling station with his family on the Gold Coast.