Parts of Canterbury experienced heavy rain shortly overnight. (File photo)
A cold snap brought heavy rain to parts of Canterbury overnight.
Ashburton and surrounding areas received 7 millimeters of rain in an hour late Monday. Overnight, that rain became more “patchy” with a total of 22mm of fall, a Met Service meteorologist said.
Methven had 30mm of rain overnight, while parts of the Canterbury Plains had scattered falls.
National Highway 6 remains closed between Inangahua and Lyell on the west coast after heavy rain Sunday night and Monday morning caused major landslides.
* Heavy rain, thunderstorms hitting North Island as wet weather rolls in from Tasman
* Gusts up to 130 km, more than 3000 lightning strikes, and the cold is ready to bite
Transport agency Waka Kotahi NZ said the road was closed until further notice but a detour was available via SH65 and SH7.
With a wet start to the week in Canterbury, a MetService meteorologist said the rain clouds won’t stick around for long.
Most of Canterbury could expect scattered showers on Tuesday, but the weather was expected to clear up for the rest of the week.