The situation

Issued at 2:47 pm on the 11th of December by Russell Voice


Good afternoon. It’s a superb afternoon across Canterbury, with sunny skies and light winds inland, closer to the coast NE winds have been fresh at times. Many areas climbed into the high twenties, with a few towns nudging 30 degrees. Oxford took out top honours with 31 degrees, while at the other end of the scale Mt Cook Village reached a modest 19 degrees.

Get out and make the most of this afternoon & evening, as we have quite a dramatic change in our weather patterns tomorrow. In regards to records we’ve see a number of far eastern areas & towns recording their driest period of weather on record, including Christchurch City. The Garden City’s record of 45 days without any measurable rain has now been broken, a 74 year old record! A staggering time without any rain.

INCOMING RAIN: Tomorrow & Wednesday are looking considerably cooler, with light southerlies, widespread showers and perhaps even more widespread, persistent rain during later stages of Wednesday! This is fantastic news, with drought conditions across Canterbury.  The trend is positive in regards to the rain, with some areas now looking at very healthy totals, especially closer to the Foothills, where 30-40mm may fall over the two day period, across the Plains and Coastal areas we’re also looking at healthy totals, perhaps 20-25mm in grand total.

It will be relatively short lived, with an incoming high on Thursday set to bring another period of stable weather across Canterbury; yes, more sun and warm temperatures in the mix from Friday and through the weekend.

We’ve just issued our extended outlook for the holiday season in our ‘News’ section. Check it out.

(YOUR OFFICIAL DAILY ‘HIGHS’ ) Oxford 31, Akaroa 30, Darfield 30, Christchurch 29, Rolleston 29, Culverden 28, Timaru 28,  Geraldine 28, Amberley 28, Rangiora 27, Ashburton 26, Methven 26, Castle Hill Village 26, Fairlie 26, Kaikoura 25, Twizel 24, Arthur’s Pass Village 20, Mt Cook Village 19,

** Town pages will be updated again this evening between 7pm-8pm – based on all the latest data/information**


THIS EVENING & OVERNIGHT: Mostly fine and warm across the region. Increasing high cloud, with a weak SW change moving north this evening. Chance of the odd isolated brief showers in South Canterbury. Mild overnight temperatures. Lows: 13-15 degrees.

TUESDAY: Conditions deteriorating through the morning, with some rain and showers affecting most of Canterbury. More so about the Foothills of Mid and North Canterbury. Southerlies freshening in the morning and turning easterly in the afternoon. Cooler temperatures. H: 15-19 L: 11-13.

WEDNESDAY:  A mostly cloudy and cool day on the cards. Occasional rain or showers in the mix. Much cooler with an associated southerly airflow through the day, strong about BP and the Kaikoura Coast. Rain will become more persistent and widespread from evening across the region. Chance of some heavier falls near the Canterbury Foothills. H: 16-19 L: 10-12

THURSDAY: Early showers clearing about coastal areas north of Banks Peninsula. Fresh cool southerlies easing about the coast, tending northeast in the afternoon. Mostly fine day, with milder temperatures into the afternoon. H: 20-22 L: 10-12

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny across the region. Any early low cloud across the Canterbury Plains burning off. Light winds. Warm temperatures, especially inland. H: 24-27 L: 10-12

WEEKEND: Our weekend is looking mostly fine under high pressure. Sunny, with high cloud and warm temperatures, especially out east. Stronger NW winds in the High Country, with rain setting in near the Main Divide.

‘Situation’ will be reviewed & updated again around 7:00am Tuesday morning.

Weather Analyst: Russell Voice

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