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Issued at 7:09 am on the 22nd of February by Russell Voice

RAIN & COLDER SOUTHERLIES ON THE WAY – GALES, HEAVY FALLS & SNOW FOR HIGHER ELEVATIONS THIS WEEKEND.

Good morning. It’s a messy start across the region with a range of temperatures, with warmer nor-west conditions in North Canterbury while it’s noticeably cooler in South & Mid Canterbury. Currently at 6am it’s 23.5 degrees in Christchurch while it’s only 11 degrees in Timaru. We do have a few very isolated showers about this morning; one or two could be heavy in nature. 

A cooler southerly change brings lower level cloud north later this morning and into North Canterbury this afternoon. We also have the risk of a few afternoon showers popping up about the Canterbury Foothills. Source your town page for specific details.

Our main focus is on Sunday with a colder southerly airflow and associated rain, gale force southerlies and snow for the higher elevations; this will linger into Monday for many areas. This system of weather will play out differently across Canterbury with significant contrast in rainfall totals.

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An active fronts move up the West Coast of the South Island this morning bringing heavy rain for the Main Divide and strong NW winds out east. A cooler SW airflow will develop this afternoon with strong winds and rain easing about the Main Divide.

A cooler southerly airflow develops on Saturday with showers and drizzle across most of the region. Rain will develop Saturday evening and this will continue through Sunday with strong to gale force southerlies, widespread rain and snow for the ranges and higher hills.

A ridge of high pressure moves in on Monday evening next week bringing a mostly fine week of weather . We do have a couple of weaker southerly changes next week but rainfall totals will remain low.

Cyclone Oma will have no effect here in New Zealand and is now heading towards Queensland – Australia bringing strong winds, heavy rain and dangerous marine conditions.

Please source town pages for specific details and keep up to date with our ‘Live Weather Feed’ for all the very latest information.

GENERAL SUMMARY FOR CANTERBURY – PLEASE CHECK YOUR TOWN FORECAST FOR MORE SPECIFIC INFORMATION.

TODAY: Cloudy periods and sunny spells for most, cloud becomes more widespread this afternoon with a cooler southerly change. Risk of a shower or two., higher chance about the foothills this afternoon. Warm conditions out east, especially north of Christchurch this morning this morning. H: 21-28 L: 10-13

SATURDAY: Cloudy with drizzle or light showers at times; turning to rain across the region during the evening. Steady falls at night, especially about the Mid & North Canterbury Foothills. SE winds freshening and becoming strong about Coastal Canterbury H: 16-19 L: 9-11

SUNDAY: Rain at times with strong to gale force southerlies. Rain more persistent and heavier north of Christchurch. Snow above 1100m. Cold temperatures. H: 11-14 L: 7-9

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