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Heavy rain drenches Otago, causes flooding

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Roads were closed in Otago last night as heavy rain drenched the region, which for the last four months has failed to reach its average rainfall.

Coastal Otago gets a drenching

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After 4 months of below average rainfall, Dunedin and Oamaru and a number of towns in coastal Otago have seen some big rainfall totals mounting up and last night, small slips and localised flooding in and around the southern city were evident. 

Canty shivers through cold week and more to come

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Although the sun broke through in Christchurch today for the first time in a few days, the city and the province has really seen temperatures close to winter levels during the day.

Temperatures up to 10 degrees below average have been recorded this week and dull skies with patchy drizzle and rain combined with cold southerly brrezes have made it feel more like August than October.

Southern chill to arrive

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Temperatures are set to drop this week across southern and eastern regions of the South Island as a cold southerly should see temperatures about 5 degrees below average. Tomorrow the cold air moves into the far south and works its way up the eastern coastline and temperatures aren't expected to rise very much at all during much of the week across much of Canterbury,Otago and Southland.

Wintry reminder on the way for the south

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A surge of cold air is likely to hit the South island later tomorrow and snow levels are likely to be low as the wintry outbreak unfolds.

Snow showers are likely in Queenstown, Alexandra and Wanaka and there are marginal calls for places like Gore, Invercargill and Balcutha plus even parts of Dunedin.

Crunchy start in the far south

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It's a very chilly start over much of the southern half of the South Island this morning with Dunedin Airport on minus 3 degrees, Lumsden on -2 and Queenstown also a smidgen below zero.

Christchurch, Invercargill and Gore are seeing temperatures just above freezing point but only light ground frosts were recorded in some cases due to either cloudy spells or light breezes.

Smoggy nights hit Chch

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Air pollution levels have been on the high side in Christchurch this year but not solely due to home heating. Environment Canterbury believes that 16 of the 28 nights where air pollution levels exceeded the world health guidelines were attributed to earthquake dust and heavy snow which resulted in the gritting of roads during the winter period.

Marlborough feels the chill

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A frosty start sees Blenheim as the coldest centre across New Zealand this morning with a reading of minus 1 degree. Dunedin and Timaru are also on the chilly side with just zero degrees but some southern areas have either cloud or a sou' west breeze which has kept much of the frost at bay.

Far south enjoys mild night

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Southerners welcomed Rugby World Cup visitors with a mild night last night and temperatures in Dunedin stayed in double figures throughout overnight. Invercargill also enjoyed pleasant conditions and both southern cities are hosting rugby matches either today or tonight.Of course the advantage the new stadium in Dunedin has, is that the indoor venue provides protection from the elements.

Aftershocks not big enough for tsunami - Civil Defence

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Aftershocks from last year's Canterbury earthquake are not likely to cause a devastating tsunami, scientists say.

Following larger aftershocks such as Friday morning's magnitude 4.9 jolt, there were concerns from residents of a possible tsunami.