South Island

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.

Aftershocks continue in south

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Aftershocks continue to rock Fiordland in the South Island after last month's mammoth 7.8 quake.

A quake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale struck 100km west of Te Anau Wednesday afternoon at 4.25pm.

The quake had a focal depth of 5km and was felt as far east as Invercargill, according to the GNS website.

Strong winds move in to Christchurch

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Strong winds have moved in to Christchurch this afternoon.  The nor'westers are averaging 50km/h with gusts close to 80km/h.  Inland it's estimates winds are much stronger and drivers are advised to drive with caution.

Gusty winds are also affecting Oamaru, Gore and Invercargill.

Temps up as Nor' wester hits

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Temperatures are varying across the South Island this morning but the nor' wester is strong in places and pushing the mercury up.

It's 14 degrees at Dunedin Airport this morning with a blustery northwesterly and Ashburton isn't too far behind with 12.

Christchurch isn't getting the fohn wind yet and as a result is just 5 degrees.

Wind and rain warnings for South Island

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Several wind and rain warnings have this afternoon be issued by the government forecaster MetService.

Winds gusting up to 130km/h are predicted for exposed parts of Canterbury and Otago with gales expected in Dunedin's hilltop suburbs.

The worst winds in Canterbury are expected to be on the plains and near the foot hills between 6am and 6pm Friday.

Person dies in South Island avalanche

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One person has been killed in an an avalanche in the Ragged Range near Methven.

Two people were buried - but only one person was conscious when rescuers pulled them out.

Gusty winds on the way

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It's the South Island's turn to receive strong winds today as the isobars squeeze up together across the Southern Alps.

MetService has issued a number of severe weather warnings covering both heavy rain in the west and severe gales in the east. 

Monday on the mainland

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Southerners have woken to a frosty start in parts of the east and north but a windy beginning in the far south, along with a few passing showers.

Nelson and Kaikoura are the exceptions in the north, with a gusty southwesterly and a comparatively mild 8 degrees whereas much of the South Island is closer to zero.