"WINTER STORMS WITH SUMMER TEMPERATURES"
Last night we were kept awake by thunder and lightning accompanied by strong winds and rain. When we got up we found there had been hail.
I don't remember seeing fork lightning in these parts ever. We normally get sheet lightning. It seemed to go on for a long time.
Perhaps it's no surprise when you see that lingering warm patch in the Tasman sea is very persistant
'Epic' thunder and lightning light up Wellington
Dozens of lightning strikes lit up Wellington last night as a huge thunderstorm rattled the capital and cut power to 18,000 homes.
More strangeness from Australia - no frosts in inland Victoria while Queensland is close to zero