The situation

Issued at 2:44 pm on the 17th of January by Leighton Thomas



Good afternoon. Mostly warm conditions have persisted over the region today with many up in the high 20’s once again. Northwesterlies have been strong in a number of inland areas, a bit of an entree of what is to come. This evening, northwest conditions persist with  high cloud gradually increasing tonight and overnight. Overnight lows of 16-18 degrees for most.


High cloud through the morning, some fine breaks at first. Strong to gale northwest conditions over the Canterbury Plains at times, especially inland with severe gales in the more exposed areas. A spell of afternoon rain from the west in the afternoon, especially for South and Mid Canterbury where there is a chance of brief heavy falls. Very heavy to torrential rain about the Main Divide developing with severe gales.

Highs: 21-24 Lows: 12-14




THURSDAY: High cloud at first with strong to gale westerlies. A change to cooler southwesterlies in the lead up to midday in the south and further north into the afternoon bringing a few showers, southwest gale at first and even briefly severe gale 110km/h about the Canterbury Coast and Banks Peninsula. H – 17-19 L – 7-9


FRIDAY: Often cloudy, some scattered showers lingering about the region. Cool southerly airflow. H: 16-18 Low: 8-10


SATURDAY: Mainly fine through the day with northeasterlies developing about the coast, northerly breezes inland. Increasing high cloud. H: 17-19 L: 11-13


SUNDAY: Occasional rain, especially through South and Mid Canterbury, often cloudy conditions. Fresh easterlies. H: 16-19 L: 9-11


Weather Analyst: Leighton Thomas

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