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More than 4,500 lightning strikes hit New Zealand for 24 hours



You can be forgiven for thinking the country has been trapped in an AC / DC music video with all the lightning strikes that hit the weekend.

In the 24 hours to 6 am today, the country was hit by more than 4,500 lightning strikes during heavy rains and storms booming throughout the country.

Areas in the western South Island bear the heaviest burden of stormy weather, with 200mm of rain falling more than 24 hours.

A bolt of lightning on Levin was caught on camera when it hit a retirement village, with smoke rising from the roof immediately after being hit.

The strike came with a deafening thunder roaring about 10 seconds after the bolt hit the roof.

A spokesman for Air New Zealand said the flight from Wellington to Dunedin was diverted this morning because of a lightning strike.

The spokesman said the plane was designed with this scenario in mind.

Wild and wet weather wreaked havoc this morning, flooding many parts of Wellington when gusts of wind up to 117 km / h hit the capital city.

Elsewhere, temperatures have ranged from 22C high on Masterton on Saturday to as low as -3C last night in Timaru on Thursday.

During the weekend, many experienced sunshine and clear skies, including Auckland yesterday before the rain arrived today.

Looking at next week, MetService predicts several weather systems to move to New Zealand.

Meteorologist Hannah Moes said the west wind pushed one low pressure system one by one across the country, which meant more changing weather was on its way.

The next front will move throughout the country from Monday night and during Tuesday, the others will mature on Wednesday and the other from Thursday night.

"Not everything is bad, among the weather systems that pass through this we tend to see bright skies too," Moes said.

"And the ski field will appreciate cooler temperatures and rainfall adding to their snow base."

Sunlight will be in the mix for several regions but it seems like a full week of activities inside for Kiwi children on school holidays.


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