Bursts of heavy rain for the south

Rain is expected to clear in Gisborne and Hawke's Bay today, but the West Coast may cop the heavy rain next, MetService says.

The front that brought heavy rain to Gisborne and Hawke's Bay yesterday was moving away to the northeast, leaving fine weather for the region from this morning.

But a severe weather watch and thunderstorm outlook was in place for Fiordland and Westland in the South Island.

A front was expected to move up the lower South Island this evening, and a strong northwest flow ahead of the front was likely to bring a burst a heavy and thundery rain to Fiordland this afternoon and evening, MetService said.

Rainfall had the potential to reach 70 millimetres in 12 hours during this time.

Behind the front a cold unstable southwest flow is expected to spread over Southland, bringing rain this evening, followed by cold showery southwesterlies with hail and snow to 500 metres.

In the main centres, Auckland should see a few showers today with a relatively balmy high of 15 degrees Celsius, MetService said.

It looked to be a fine day ahead for Hamilton, reaching 14C,and after a chilly wake up, Wellington is also in for a fine day, with northerlies developing and a high of 12C.

Christchurch and Dunedin would make it to 14C, although Dunedin can expect a late southwesterly change with rain.