South Island


Cold change races up South Island's east (+ Your Photos: 6)

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A cold southerly has significantly cut temperatures this afternoon as it's headed north reports WeatherWatch.co.nz.

The southerly reached Dunedin and Oamaru earlier this afternoon and in the last few minutes has arrived in Christchurch.


"Ferocious" gales roar across Southland - and heading north

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Gales gusting to 115km/h in Invercargill have cancelled the Burt Monro Challenge and are now starting to cause minor damage.

WeatherWatch.co.nz's Invercargill Malcolm Gayfer says the winds have been building all afternoon.  "The winds are absolutely ferocious right now in Invercargill" he reported a short time ago.


North Island gales, West Coast floods as stormy weather hits

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Extensive coverage of today's stormy weather -- A farmer was plucked from floodwaters on the West Coast, flights were grounded in Wellington and recycling bins shared their wares in Waitakere as wind and rain lashed the country today.

Wellington bore the brunt of the wind, with a gust of 130km/h recorded in suburban Kelburn about midday.


Severe weather more South Island focused

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It's the South Island that juts out most into the swarm of westerly fronts that are attacking New Zealand at the moment says WeatherWatch.co.nz.

The current westerly pattern is seeing surges of wind, rain, hail, thunder and a mixture of warm and cool days, mostly for the South Island.


Mainland update

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Nelson had the warmest night across the South Island overnight with temperatures remaining generally in the mid teens and mild west to sou' west breezes.

At the other end of the spectrum, Dunedin and Lumsden got as cool as 4 degrees but a mostly sunny day is likely in the far south.


Rare November snowfall affects Southland, Otago

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Updated 10:25am -- Snow flurries continue to fall across some parts of Invercargill and Southland this morning with our NewstalkZB reporter Malcolm Gayfer telling us the Tour of Southland has now been affected.  


'High likelihood' of another big Christchurch shake

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Quake-weary Cantabrians may face another large aftershock after Government scientists said there was a "high likelihood" of another 5.4 magnitude shake.

GNS Science say there is an 88 per cent chance of a 5.0 to 5.4-mag aftershock - up 12 per cent from their September calculations.


Snow falls in the south, temps drop - your reports

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It's bitterly cold across some parts of the lower South Island as we move through the second half of Friday. 

As predicted by WeatherWatch.co.nz Invercrgill has hovered in the single digits today dropping from 7 in the morning to 4 degrees at 3pm. 

Snow is falling on some South Island ranges while hail and thunderstorms have rumbled up the West Coast.


Deep South - Here comes Winter (again)

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Gales, snow, and bitterly cold air aren't usually in a November forecast but that's the set up for Southland and Otago on Friday and early Saturday as a large Southern Ocean storm churns by to the south of New Zealand.


Thunderstorm & tornado risk for Canterbury - MetService

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Government owned forecaster MetService is predicting a risk of thunderstorms in Canterbury this afternoon due to afternoon heating - and some of those cloud build ups may produce tornadoes.

MetService says the risk is from North Otago and across Canterbury for this afternoon and evening,.