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South Island rain warnings issued

UPDATED 10:38am — The Government forecaster has this morning re-issued rain warnings for Canterbury, Otago and Southland.

After a considerable dry spell for much of the southern half of the South Island lately, rain is expected to be heavy at times with the high country and foothills likely to see rainfall totals of 70 to 100mm up until noon Wednesday.

One reader commented last night that it’s not often that a rain warning is issued for Central Otago.

Snow is also expected to be heavy down to about the 800 metre mark with some falls dropping to about 600 metres however this should mainly affect alpine passes and roads at that altitude.Queenstown sits just above the 300 metre mark.

WeatherWatch analyst Richard Green says “It seems that the heaviest rain is likely to be over Mid and South Canterbury down to Southland but further north could still see some activity with hail possible as well”.

Winds are expected to blow in from the southwest making the ‘feels like’ temperature much colder than the actual readings today.

Surface flooding and slips could occur as a result of the rainfall amount and motorists are being advised to take care over the next couple of days. 


CHB on 18/10/2011 9:06am

Just over 2 inches here in Temuka – YAYAYAY. 70% already soaked into the ground. Wind is making itself known and more showers/rain as I type. Happy happy happy :o)

Peter of Dunedin on 18/10/2011 5:26am

Yes it’s finally raining here in Dunedin – it’s been raining steadily more or less since the early hours of the morning. I’ve recorded 78mm of rain in my rain gauge.

Guest on 17/10/2011 8:56pm

Any chance of thunderstorms around Chch?

WW Forecast Team on 17/10/2011 10:35pm

We only have low confidence of a thunderstorm for Christchurch today.


– WW

Guest on 17/10/2011 8:10pm

do you think for the culverden area did i read we suppose to get up to 75mm? beautiful hot day here at the mo alot hotter than yesterday no rain in sight!

WW Forecast Team on 17/10/2011 10:33pm

Hi there – it looks as though it’s still forming – some areas could receive some big rain dumps but it does look fairly patchy.  Some areas may well have less than the rain warning threshold we believe.  Keep us up to date with weather conditions where you area!

– WW

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