South Island

Fire expected to burn for days

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 A national rural fire incident management team will arrive today to assist teams battling a large fire in a forestry block near Dunedin.

By late last night the fire had destroyed more than 700ha of forestry land and it is expected to take days to contain it and weeks or months to subdue hotspots.

Dunedin residents wake to the smell of smoke: Forest fire

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Dunedin residents woke to the smell of smoke and the sight of smoky haze over the city as firefighters were today continuing to fight a blaze ripping through a forestry plantation inland from Mosgiel.

Some residents were evacuated last night as flames in the Wenita Forest neared houses, threatened powerlines and held up the Tairei Gorge train trip.

More than a dozen helicopters with monsoon buckets were used to fight the blaze as it continued to burn near Mosgiel through the night.

Lousy Christchurch summer continues

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Today there was a glimmer of hope that the curse would be broken after many weeks of cloudy and drizzly easterly conditions(otherwise known as murk) in Christchurch.

Rain finally in forecast for western regions

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A slow moving front will today finally bring much needed rain to the West Coast.

MetService has issued a severe weather watch with forecasters expecting an active trough to move slowly across the northern half of the South Island this evening and Thursday.  

Cool change moving, weakening, up country

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A cool change is today working its way up the South Island and should reach Wellington late this afternoon or evening.

Temperatures behind the front have dropped to below average for this time of year.

At 9:30am the southerly change had put Southland at just 12 degrees.

Alex sizzles

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It's been a hot and sunny week in the Central Otago town of Alexandra with the 30's being topped everyday.

High temps tonight down south

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Although the sun has now set, temperatures remain on the high side in some inland areas in the south. 
Alexandra is still a hot 29, Wanaka isn't too far behind on 28 and Queenstown is a balmy 24. 

Overnight the temperatures should fall away into the mid teens before climbing into the 30s again tomorrow in Alex, Cromwell and Wanaka.

Campers leaving in droves

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The unsettled weather conditions, particularly across the South Island are seeing a number of tent and caravan owners packing up and heading home.

Front brings rain, south shivers

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The rain that has been persistent on the West Coast of the South Island finally spilled over to eastern areas yesterday and overnight.

PHOTOS: That doesn't look like summer?

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Temperatures in some parts of the South Island Iately have resembled that of winter or spring with snow falling to relatively low levels yesterday in Central Otago.

These two photos, taken across the region, show how even hot or cold weather can create a shot that doesn't really look like we're heading towards the middle of summer.

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