South Island


Canterbury Nor' wester: A personal story

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An often unforgiving wind in the mainland is the Canterbury Nor' wester, which can at times affect the psyche of the locals in the area when it blows for days on end.

David Relph has written an article based on his experiences of the fohn wind, from his early days up until now.


A touch of frost

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Cantabrians woke up to a frost this morning , with temperatures dropping below freezing at Christchurch airport.

Further north and Levin was also feeling the chill early this morning with just one solitary degree.


Snow warnings for south, farmers warned

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A cold front is racing towards the South Island this afternoon with bitterly cold air behind it, prompting government forecaster MetService to issue heavy snow warnings.

The warnings cover Southland, Southern Lakes, Fiordland and Westland.


Lets get ready to rumble!

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The spring equinox is this morning which means the sun is now spending more time in the Southern Hemisphere than in the north. 

This also signals the start of the 'true' spring weather with stormy conditions about to set in.

Yesterday's thunderstorms across Christchurch and Canterbury were just the beginning of what is likely to be an exciting two months ahead for weather watchers across New Zealand.


Thunderstorms & hail clear Christchurch

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Thunderstorms and hail rumbled across Christchurch and surrounding areas early Tuesday afternoon.

Unstable weather conditions produced large showers across Canterbury however the thunderstorms eased quickly into the afternoon and moved offshore.


"Freakish" heat in the South Island

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A nor'wester has caused temperatures to soar across parts of the South Island this morning.  WeatherWatch.co.nz weather analyst Richard Green describes Christchurch's heat as "freakish" after temperatures jumped 12 degrees in just 20 minutes earlier this morning - from 9 to 21 degrees. 


Winds up, Rain hits Canty

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Strong winds hit a fair chunk of the North Island and northeastern parts of the South Island overnight.

Surprisingly, heavy rain woke Cantabrians up this morning with a gusty southerly, although conditions are now slowly beginning to ease.

Barometers took a dive during the night with Kaikoura down to 976 hpa, while Christchurch and Oamaru were around the 980 mark.


Winds build in the south

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Winds are gaining in strength over the South Island this morning, as an approaching depression deepens in the Tasman sea.

Wanaka is reporting northerlies up to gale force, with Queenstown receiving blows approaching a gale.

In the deep south, winds are topping the 100kph mark on the south coast.


Gloomy weekend

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After a spate of sunny weekends, Christchurch didn't record one second of sunshine over a 60 hour period, making for a gloomy and misty weekend.

Overnight lows were a little above average but temperatures didn't top 10 degrees during either day, reverting back to the winter temps that had been obvious a month or so earlier.


Temps dive in south

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 A frosty morning has greeted many mainlanders with temperatures dropping below freezing.