Thunderstorm watch lifted
A severe thunderstorm watch issued for parts of the South Island has been lifted, with emergency services reporting few problems.
The warning, issued earlier today, raised fears that inclement weather could wreak havoc for throngs of holidaymakers in the area in the lead up to New Years Eve.
MetService issued the warning for the Canterbury plains, the Canterbury high country, North Otago, Central Otago, the Southern Lakes, Dunedin, Clutha and Southland.
The forecaster lifted the warning shortly after 6pm.
A police spokesman said they had not received any call-outs related to the weather, while a Fire Service spokesman said they were now in "a bit of a lull" after responding to a few calls earlier in the day.
- Fairfax Media
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