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Issued at 5:09 pm on the 12th of December by Russell Voice

A FINE & WARM FRIDAY FOR MANY AREA – SHOWERS ABOUT THE MAIN DIVIDE.

Good evening. It’s been another fine day across the region under high pressure with sunny skies and variable high cloud. Nor-east winds have been fresh across the Canterbury Plains & Coast, while our more inland areas and basins have enjoyed lighter and warmer temperatures; this is reflected in our daily ‘highs’ with Arthur’s Pass Village, Lake Tekapo and Twizel all sharing top honours with 24 degrees.

This evening areas of lower and middle level cloud may become more widespread about the Canterbury Plains, Coast and even foothills in parts of South Canterbury. There remains the risk of an isolated convective shower about the ranges before 8pm.

A couple of systems take aim on Friday & Sunday, bringing more rain to the Main Divide & Canterbury Headwaters, with heavier rain possible on Sunday. 

We have some showers and possibly steadier rain on track for early next week with colder southerlies across the Canterbury Plains & Coast.

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YOUR OFFICIAL DAILY ‘HIGHS’ FOR THURSDAY.

Arthur’s Pass Village 24.4, Twizel 24, Lake Tekapo 24, Culverden 23, Castle Hill Village 23, Hanmer Springs 23, Mt Cook Village 22,  Lake Ohau Village 22, Geraldine 21, Leeston 21, Rolleston 21, Rangiora 21, Amberley 21, Mt Lyford Village 21, Darfield 21, Oxford 21, Akaroa 20, Christchurch 20, Methven 20, Waimate 19, Fairlie 19, Cheviot 19, Kaikoura 19, Cheviot 19, Gore Bay 19.

WEBCAM SNAPS OF THE DAY.

Top – Lake Stella reflection this morning at Mt Lyford. Below – Lake Tekapo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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High pressure will continue to bring mostly fine weather until Friday afternoon.

A couple of rain systems in the Tasman line up the Main Divide & Canterbury Headwaters on Friday & Sunday; possibly more significant on Sunday.

A cooler southerly flow will bring some precipitation late Friday into Saturday about the Canterbury Plains & Coast, with the chance of isolated thunderstorms south of Ashburton on Friday evening.

Early next week looks more complex and unsettled, with the possibility of rain for eastern Canterbury with a cooler southerly flow late Monday & Tuesday. There is now a trend towards heavier falls on Tuesday evening.

Middle and later stages of next week look mostly fine in the east, but there is the risk for more rain about the Main Divide & Headwaters matching out monthly outlook.

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

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

THIS EVENING & OVERNIGHT.

A mostly fine evening, with sunny skies and a few cloudy periods for most. Areas of lower level cloud may become more widespread about Coastal Canterbury and the Plains this evening. Cloudy about the foothills in South & Mid Canterbury. Fresh NE winds ease tonight. Sunny and warm about inland basins, with light winds. Isolated convective shower risk until late evening. Overnight Lows: 8-11

FRIDAY.

A mostly fine day. Sunny skies with early cloud. High cloud developing. NW winds. Warm conditions. Weak southerly change may bring some cloud and isolated shower risk to southern parts of the region. Warmer north of Christchurch. Showers about the Main Divide & Headwaters, with gusty NW winds. H: 22-27 L: 12-14

 

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