Severe thunderstorm predicted
The MetService has issued a severe thunderstorm outlook for Southland, Fiordland and South Otago.
The worst of the cold trough is expected to hit these areas this evening, bringing heavy and possibly squally showers.
Metservice meteorologist John Law said thunderstorms had already struck parts of the south today, particularly Te Anau and Manapouri.
The thunderstorms could bring heavy showers, hail and ''the odd snow shower'' to 500 metres, he said.
A severe weather watch that was issued for Southland yesterday has been lifted.
Gusts of up to 100kmh swept through exposed areas, Mr Law said.
Some parts of the region received more rain than others, with Stewart Island being dumped with most of its 24-hour (37mm) rainfall between 1-2am this morning.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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