Heavy rain forecast for south

20:02, Jun 16 2012
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Heavy rain, strong winds and snow are being forecast for the South Island this week. 

MetService forecasters predict a low to deepen over the Tasman Sea on Sunday, then approach New Zealand.

On Monday a front is expected to pass eastwards across the centre of the country, bringing with it heavy rain and strong northeasterlies to the Buller and Nelson regions. Heavy rain may persist over the Westland ranges on Tuesday. 

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COVER UP: MetService is forecasting rain, snow and strong winds for the South Island this week.

As the rain spreads over the South Island on Monday there may be a period of snow over inland parts of Otago and Canterbury, however, at this stage it is not expected to reach warning levels.

Later on Tuesday, a cold southwest airstream should spread over New Zealand with snow showers likely on the hills in eastern areas of the South Island.

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