CLOUDY START FOR MOST, WITH SHOWERS AND AREAS OF RAIN ( AFTERNOON & EVENING THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE ABOUT SOUTH & MID CANTERBURY)
(SUMMARY – SATURDAY MORNING 6:50AM).
Good morning. It’s a mostly cloudy start across the region this morning, with areas of rain north of Ashburton. Conditions will gradually ease and clear later this morning, but we may see a few heavy showers and possible isolated thunder in South & Mid Canterbury later this afternoon; higher chance closer to the Canterbury Foothills. Conditions will clear everywhere tonight. Hang in there brighter weather is on the way.
RAINFALL TOTAL: Many areas continue to experience rain this morning; an additional 4-8mm is possible. Isolated areas in South & Mid Canterbury may record 25mm in isolated pockets in brief afternoon & evening convection activity.
BRIEF SUMMARY (MAIN POINTS)
The next 12 hours look mostly cloudy, wet and dreary overall, but our weather starts to come right on Sunday with quality sunshine hours across Canterbury. So hang in there brighter weather is on the way, lets get through today before the more promising conditions move in.
Keep an eye on a few isolated heavy showers today in South Canterbury and perhaps as far north as Ashburton between 1pm-5pm. There is the low risk of thunder, beefy showers and perhaps small hail.
High pressure in charge next week – early to middle stages of next week look mostly fine under high pressure. We may even see temperature bounce back into the early twenties with milder northerlies & sunny skies.
Easter weekend? We’ll it’s looking messy to say the least, with a number of large moving systems. At this stage Canterbury may experience the best weather in New Zealand, with a low in the far south and a ex tropical system feeding in rain for the upper North Island. We’ll issue our Easter Outlook this Sunday.
GENERAL SUMMARY FOR CANTERBURY – PLEASE CHECK YOUR TOWN FORECAST FOR MORE SPECIFIC INFORMATION.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy, with patchy rain or drizzle at times this morning. We may see a few isolated heavy showers in South & Mid Canterbury between 1pm-5pm – low risk currently of thunder & hail. Conditions gradually easing late in the day. Longer fine breaks for a time late morning to early afternoon. Northerlies freshening about coastal areas, mainly north of BP in the afternoon. H: 16-20 L: 9-11
SUNDAY: Quality sunshine hours are back. Mostly fine & sunny, with high cloud and light winds. Milder temperatures during the afternoon, especially inland. H: 19-21 L: 8-10
MONDAY: Mostly sunny after any early cloud or fog burns off. Mild temperatures during the afternoon. H: 20-23 L: 7-9
TUESDAY: Sunny and settled weather. Mild temperatures. H: 22-25 L: 7-9
WEDNESDAY: Sunny and settled weather continues, mild temperatures across the region. H: 21-23 L: 8-10
THURSDAY: Sunny, with high cloud out east. Mild temperatures across the region. A weak SW change is possible towards evening, with a few showers possible. H: 22-24 L: 7-9
The ‘Situation’ will be reviewed & updated around 5:00pm Saturday evening.
Weather Analyst: Russell Voice
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