Thick cloud over the North Island with low pressure system and trough is triggering gusty winds and areas of rain, heaviest over Northland and Auckland. Speckled low cloud over the South Island with cold air and moist southwesterly winds is generating the odd light shower.
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:
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