WILD DAY ACROSS THE REGION – GALES, RAIN & EVEN THE CHANCE OF THUNDER/HAIL THIS AFTERNOON.

Good morning. Cloudy skies, with patchy rain are dominating the weather across the region this morning. Northerlies are strong at times and winds will only get stronger this afternoon, as a cooler SW change arrives. We are getting reports of minor damage, which is fairly unusual from the northerly...
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WHERE IS SUMMER?! WIDESPREAD RAIN SETTING IN TONIGHT – HEAVY FALLS FOR SOME & BLEAK LOOKING SUNDAY

Good evening. Rain and showers are gradually moving onto the West Coast of the South Island and will move down and across the main divide this evening. Rain and below average temperatures will persist through Sunday, with strong to gale SW winds kicking into gear, during the afternoon.

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MOSTLY FINE SATURDAY – WIDESPREAD RAIN OVERNIGHT & THROUGH SUNDAY

Good morning. Another active low pressure system is heading our way, meaning more winds and even some widespread rain. We don’t expect significant totals, with patchy rain for most overnight & through Sunday. Rain could be heavy for a time about the main divide & high country, so we advise people to once again keep away from...
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RAIN SETTING IN TONIGHT – Good morning. We have another active low pressure system lining up the South Island. Rain will set in overnight across the region, with heavy falls about the ranges. Occasional rain will continue through most of Sunday, with strong SW winds developing during the afternoon.

Get out and make the most of your Saturday morning!

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MOSTLY FINE SATURDAY - WET CONDITIONS FROM EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY

Good afternoon. It was a cool start to the day, with light frosts being reported about higher parts of the Canterbury Plains. The day played out mostly fine, with early showers clearing about Banks Peninsula and cloudy periods for most. Temperatures have hovered in the mid to upper teens.

This evening will be mostly fine, just...
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MORE RAIN ON THE WAY THIS WEEKEND

Good morning. It was cool start across the region this morning, after yesterday’s southerly change. Snow fall to fairly low levels for middle stages of January, around the 1300-1400m ‘mark’. A number of inland areas received light frosts.

Tomorrow starts mostly fine, but another period of rain moves in tomorrow evening, expect widespread falls; rain will...
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MAINLY FINE FRIDAY – WET FROM SATURDAY EVENING, THROUGH SUNDAY

Good morning. We have a brief spell of settled weather today, before more rain sets in tomorrow evening and persists through Sunday. This is a slightly unusual system, from the Tasman, which will move across the mainland and then move up with a cooler SW airflow.
We don’t expect significant rain, but everyone will see some rain...
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RIVERS IN FLOOD, GALES, ISOLATED HAIL, HEAVY SHOWERS, DRAMATIC CONTRASTS IN WEATHER - A CRAZY 24 HOURS!

Good evening. It’s been a wild day across the region, with nor-west gales about inland areas during the morning. A cool SW change has brought in isolated showers, some hail and heavy showers this afternoon.

This system sure packed a punch for the ranges and areas closer to the main...
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WILD PERIOD OF WEATHER ISN'T OVER YET! Good afternoon. A cool disturbed SW change is moving into Canterbury, bringing isolated heavy showers.
Keep an eye out for hail & thunder and yes, gales will persist through the day!

Our storm sure has delivered, with incredible numbers being recorded near the main divide/headwaters, upwards of 300mm! Some areas may well hit 400mm in the next 12 hours,...
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UPDATED 9:40AM

STORM PACKING A PUNCH - ARTHUR'S PASS HIT HARD

ARTHUR'S AND LEWIS PASS CLOSED - Currently at 9:40am ( Likely to be closed for the day )

While some are basking in mostly sunny conditions, areas closer to the divide have been hit hard as forecast. Many roads in the high country/near the divide have been washed out, or taken out by high river levels.

Heavy rain and gales are...
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STRONG WINDS & SPILL OVER RAIN FOR SOME THIS MORNING

Good morning. Remember Canterbury is a large region, with dramatic contrasts in weather. Some areas this morning have gales and heavy rain, while some are waking to sunny conditions and relatively light winds. That’s why we love Canterbury and our weather!

Webcams – live conditions around the region: [ Cwu.co.nz Link ] /

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WESTERLY GALES THIS MORNING FOR MANY PARTS, TURNING SOUTHWEST WITH SOME HEAVY SHOWERS IN THE MIX

Good morning. Winds ramped up last night for many inland areas with gales and even some severe gales reported in exposed areas.

The northwest flow tilts more westerly this morning and we expect strong winds to push into many coastal during the morning. Ashburton is now receiving gusts up to...
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SEVERE GALES OVERNIGHT & TOMORROW MORNING – SHOWERY SOUTHERLY CHANGE TOMORROW AFTERNOON

Good evening. We have a rapidly deepening low starting to cross the South Island. Heavy rain has been falling about the High Country from earlier today and is expected to turn very heavy to torrential tonight and overnight. Norwest winds have been gusty in exposed inland areas today, with lighter winds...
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UPDATE - ISSUED 2:00PM

Good afternoon. Currently we have spill over rain, across most of the region, providing a nice top up after a couple of dry weeks.

This afternoon & evening we expect winds to gather momentum about inland areas. Gusts of 140km/hr are possible above 800m, while down on the Canterbury Plains, gusts could approach 90-100km/hr. Along the coast, we may see some gusts around...
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SYSTEM KICKING INTO GEAR ON THE WEST COAST

Good morning. It's taking it's time, with heavy rain now setting in for most of the West Coast. We do expect a period of spill over rain across most of the region, this afternoon. Severe gales will move in later today, about inland areas (gusts could approach 80km/hr about coastal areas)

Fun fact - Areas on the western side of the main divide will...
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WILD DAY – STORM FORCE WINDS FOR THE FOOTHILLS & HIGH COUNTRY

Good morning. Conditions will start to deteriorate this afternoon, with nor-west gales kicking into gear. The high country and inland parts of the Canterbury Plains are at high risk.

(Remember like any system from the west, it can be ‘hit & miss’, some areas will receive severe gales, while many might escape with strong...
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WILD DAY FOR MANY - RAPIDLY DEEPENING LOW TO CROSS ISLAND TODAY.

WIND WARNING IN PLACE & SPILL OVER RAIN

Good morning. Expect high cloud to be dominant through the morning, the odd spot of rain or occasional shower about from the west. Strong winds through many inland areas, rising to gale and severe gale by this evening in many places. About the coast, northerly breezes at times will turn...
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CWU PREMIUM SERVICE – It’s awesome to see our online forum ‘pumping’, with countless questions coming in. We expect a busy winter coming up!

If you’re after more detail, whether it’s rainfall totals, wind strength, arrival of fronts, our online service is here to provide that added confidence and clarity around weather here in Canterbury.

You’ll also have access to alpine road reports,...
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BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES – NASTY STORM TAKES AIM.

Good evening. Mostly warm conditions have been felt across the region today, with most towns pushing into the high 20’s once again. Northwesterlies have been strong in a number of inland areas, a bit of an entree of what‘s to come.

This evening, northwest conditions persist with high cloud gradually increasing tonight and overnight. Overnight...
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GET READY – EXTREME SEVERE GALES ON THE WAY FOR MANY: Good evening. Severe NW winds & even heavy spill over rain are in the mix tomorrow.

We’ll be back, with more at 7pm with the ‘Evening Report’

More details on the severe weather @[ Cwu.co.nz Link ]

Photo: Run around the Kaikoura Peninsula yesterday evening. Stunning!

Weather Analyst: Russell Voice