Yesterday was pretty shocking weather for Auckland:

Almost 12,000 lightning strikes have been recorded over the North Island today. said the thundery weather peaked today and was to finally ease back this evening.

Wild thunderstorms continued in some parts of the North Island tonight, mostly around northern parts of Auckland and central eastern parts of the North Island. Flooding was being reported in west Auckland.

“There was a flash flood immediately after the heavy rains in Atkinson Road,” wrote Ashok Sudhakaran in an email to the Herald about flooding in Titirangi. “A huge amount of water cascaded down the slopes and collected in the front yard of two houses.”

As the evening continued to cool, the thunderstorms would ease. head weather analyst Philip Duncan said storms may pop up in the afternoon tomorrow but were likely to be far more isolated and far less intense.

Mr Duncan said thunderstorms peaked this afternoon with a few thousand lightning strikes detected in just 60 minutes.

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