Rain, gales and possibly hail for South

It's time to dig out that umbrella as heavy rain, strong winds and possibly hail are set to hit parts of the South on Sunday.

MetService says  an active front over the Tasman Sea is expected to move onto the south of the South Island late in the morning, bringing heavy rain to the west in Fiordland and Westland, south of Franz Josef Glacier, and northwesterly gales in Fiordland and western Southland.

The front was expected to move across the South Island before reaching central New Zealand on Sunday night.

This should bring a period of heavy rain to the west coast of the South Island, followed by cooler, southerly change.

Invercargill's in for heavy showers with hail from late morning, MetService said.

Dunedin was forecast to get showers tomorrow afternoon, with a southerly change. Hail and thunderstorms were possible until the evening.

In Queenstown and Wanaka, rain would turn to occasional showers in the afternoon, though some may be heavy with the chance of hail.

It's the same story for Oamaru,  with a period of rain from late on Sunday morning then showers developing in the afternoon as it turns cool. Possible hail and thunderstorms also.

A heavy rain watch is in place for the ranges of Westland south of Franz Josef Glacier from 11am to 5pm on Sunday, and Fiordland from 7am to 1pm.

A strong wind watch is in place for Fiordland and western Southland, including Stewart Island, from 5am until 11am. Strong north to northwesterly winds may rise to severe gale in exposed parts at times.



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