A flash storm that dropped hail stones the size of golf balls
caught residents near Ashburton off guard last night.
Big thunderstorms are hitting parts of the North Island this
afternoon and bringing a chance of flooding and hail,
Wild winds which lashed the country yesterday causing flight
delays and injuring bystanders have since tapered off.
Santa is expected to gift sunny skies to much of New Zealand
on Christmas Day but wise men will keep a brolly close at
Spring's ''wild ride'' is expected to continue on the
weekend, with snow on the hills, blustery winds and cool
temperatures, MetService meteorologist Dan Corbett says.
Heavy rain and high winds are predicted as another spring
storm hits New Zealand today.
Typical spring westerly winds are expected to continue in
coming weeks, with the odd spell of rain, MetService's
seasonal forecast says.
A cold front moving towards the country is bringing a risk of
thunderstorms for the upper North Island this afternoon.
A cold snap looks set to follow the warm weekend weather.
Rainy weather dampening the start of the school holidays
could be gone by the middle of the week for most areas, but
parts of the South Island are in line for a drenching.
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