Thunderstorms are moving their way up Te Wai Pounamu/the South Island this afternoon after a day of hot temperatures.
All road users and other people in exposed spots are advised to take extra care in these circumstances, says Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and MetService.
The National Emergency Management Agency provides this advice:
“These thunderstorms are expected to be accompanied by torrential rain, large hail and frequent lightning.
Driving conditions can become extremely hazardous.
If caught in an electrical storm you should:
Check the MetService web pages for updates(external link)
Check Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s highways pages for any road closures(external link)