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Wintry weather pushing into Christchurch, heading to Wellington

A wintry cold snap is this afternoon moving up the South Island and towards the lower North Island reports

The weather news authority says cold southerlies have now pushed into northern Canterbury with temperatures hovering between 8 and 10 degrees right up the southern and eastern coastline of the South Island.

Gusts to 60 and 70km/h are being recorded this hour in a number of centres.

But it’s a different story in the capital under sunny skies and a warm brisk northerly.  It’s currently 17 degrees in Wellington with 19 degrees in Lower Hutt.

The cold front is expected to clear Christchurch in time for Guy Fawkes celebrations tonight, however strong southerlies will linger, which may be a dampener for some. Some showers may also linger.

The front will push into Wellington later this evening with gusty winds but conditions should be mild and dry for the start of the evening but will go down hill quickly once the front arrives. will have main centre forecasts from 5pm tonight with the latest on where the cold front currently lies.


Ken Ring on 6/11/2010 11:28am

No mystery about the cold, the moon reaches its southernmost point on Tuesday, hence the southerly change, and an associated passing cold front should bring morning rain. Then from about Thursday onwards warmer temperatures bring mostly dry weather. The next cold spell about the 18th leads into rough weather associated with the full moon kingtides in the last week. Not a bad sort of month for the north where the anticyclones are predicted to be. But the South Island may have to wait another two weeks for a decent anticyclonic system.

JohnGaul on 5/11/2010 7:21am

Constant rain from late morning. Good for the ground as we have had lots of blue dome days recently, which is good for photosynthesising but with the sunshine strength burning the grass and the cold easterly winds that have been blowing across it, and the lack of rain or any sort of precipitation, having been doing much for the growth.


Melissa on 5/11/2010 2:17am

Hope the southerly front holds off until after the fireworks display in wgtn tonight!!. A 5pm update would be great thanks as we are thinking of sitting on the Petone foreshore for fireworks! Don’t think an umbrella will be of any use with the winds forecast or I may end up being blown back home to Waikanae!! 10pm would be a good time for the southerly to hit if you can hold it off for that long!!!!!!?????

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