Thunder and lightning - road conditions may be frightening


Drivers in Wellington, Wairarapa, Tararua, and Marlborough need to keep an eye on the weather and road conditions with a severe thunderstorm watch in place across the regions.

The Metservice has a formal watch in place until nine pm tonight – meaning bad weather could coincide with peak commuter traffic times this afternoon and evening.

The forecast warns of hail, intense rainfall, damaging winds, and the potential for hazardous driving conditions and poor visibility.

Drivers are encouraged to check weather and road conditions before they travel.

It is also essential to drive to the conditions. Road users should watch their speed and following distances, avoid sudden braking on wet roads, and turn their headlights on if visibility is poor.