Hail the size of golf balls pummels NZ

Hail in Timaru. Photo: Brad Dennison/Twitter.

Windows have been smashed and roofs damaged after hail the size of golf balls pummelled New Zealand.

WeatherWatch.co.nz says dramatic downpours are passing over Timaru and Oamaru right now and one downpour a short time ago blanketed Timaru in thick and heavy hail.

"WeatherWatch.co.nz has received confirmed reports of broken windows and roofing from the large hail storm.

"The downpours may contain thunder as well but should ease this afternoon.

"Already the downpour that produced the hail storm has tracked east out to sea."

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