MOSTLY FINE FRIDAY – HIGH CLOUD & MILDER CONDITIONS (CHANCE OF A FEW SPILL OVER SHOWERS LATER)
Good evening. After a chilly start to the day, sunny skies dominated the regions weather; with light winds inland & those cooler NE winds freshen during the afternoon, keeping coastal areas a tad cooler. All areas & towns reached 11-12 degrees. Tonight we expect frosts inland & even areas closer to the coast may receive light frosts, depending on low cloud ‘activity’ overnight.
Our weather has a very standard look to it over the next 7 days, with traditional Canterbury weather patterns taking shape.
On Friday it becomes slightly milder, with a nor-west airflow over the inland parts of the region, so showers and rain near the divide, with extensive high cloud further east; we may see a few spits of rain out east, near the coast, but nothing of note. Temperatures will be 2-3 degrees above average tomorrow.
This weekend, we’re watching the possibility of some showers & rain on Saturday, with cooler southerlies. The more widespread & persistent falls look likely for North Canterbury & Kaikoura during the afternoon. A ‘High Pressure moves in on Sunday, with sunny & settled conditions; just early morning light frosts to contend with, more so for South and Mid Canterbury from clearer overhead conditions. Early stages of next week look sunny & mild, with a northerly airflow across the region, with our ‘High Pressure’ hanging in there.
There is the potential for some light rain on Wednesday, with cooler SE winds, but this is a constantly changing situation.
(No significant rain, snow or wind in the next 7 days)
GENERAL SUMMARY ACROSS THE REGION – CHECK TOWN FORECASTS FOR MORE SPECIFIC & DETAILED INFORMATION
FRIDAY/TOMORROW: Extensive high cloud, remaining dry for most of the region. Milder conditions across the Canterbury Plains & coastal areas. NW winds about the high country, with possible spill over showers about the foothills & spits of rain further east briefly. H: 14-16 L: 5-8
SATURDAY: Early southerly change. Mostly cloudy day, with light rain across the Canterbury Plains & foothills. More heavier widespread falls are likely about North Canterbury during the afternoon. Sunny spells developing late in the day, for parts of South Canterbury. Light snow possible about the high country & ranges, above 1300m. Light southerlies. Cool conditions across the region. H: 10-12 L: 2-4
SUNDAY: Mostly sunny & settled across the region. Morning frosts, light about coastal areas. Light winds. H: 12-14 L: 2-4
MONDAY: Sunny, with high cloud through the day .Northerlies about the coast, gusty NW winds about the high country. Mild conditions. H: 13-15 L: 3-5
TUESDAY: Extensive high cloud, with sunny spells. Mild northerlies about the Plains & coastal areas, gusty NW winds about the high country. Weak SW change in the evening, with a few showers possible. H: 14-16 L: 3-5
WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy, with light rain at times. Cool SE winds. H: 10-12 L: 3-5
‘Situation’ will be updated around 7:00pm Thursday evening.
Weather Analyst: Russell Voice