A spectacular lightning storm lit up the skies over Auckland last night, with more storms forecast for the area today.
The fork lightning and rumbling thunder were accompanied by torrential rain, with more than a thousand lightning strikes an hour recorded as the storms made land.
MetService said the thunderstorms in Auckland are expected in two main periods, one shortly after midnight, and a second from about dawn.
There are no thunderstorms forecast for the rest of the day.
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