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.
As of 9am winds remained very light across the South Island with WeatherWatch.co.nz expecting little to no damage for most places today with the bulk of the wind expected to be well inland away from most populated places.
MetService expects gales from 9am in the south and from noon in Canterbury with gusts to 110km/h possible. They specify winds will be at their strongest near the foothills. See all the current warnings here.
Meanwhile the strong winds should help boost temperatures to their highest points in some time. Highs in the mid teens are likely with upper teens possible in some inland pockets.
on 21/07/2009 4:19am
An incrediable shower belt whip through the Canterbury region from Timaru northwards, only brief spots of rain here with some strong wind gusts.
But some inland areas reported heavy rain and even some sleet, you can see the shower on the 3-4pm radars really moved quickly.
Obviously one of the showers got a boot from the wind and headed eastwards from the Alps, main front still to the south yet.
on 21/07/2009 1:34am
It’s very calm in Christchurch right now. Cloudy with weak sunlight but very calm. It’s 14 degrees and with a pressure reading of 999 hPa. Hope that helps 🙂