Wild weather tipped to ease

21:06, Aug 03 2014

The wild weather that lashed the South Island at the weekend is on its way out, although snow is expected in some high passes.

MetService duty forecaster Philippa Murdoch said the weather had largely eased in Canterbury, Marlborough and on the West Coast.

She said rain in Canterbury and the east coast yesterday would gradually clear and the strong northwesterlies would ease.

Snow was forecast to fall on most South Island passes last night. The MetService yesterday issued warnings for the Arthur's, Porters and Lewis passes.

The southern chill came as northerly winds battered the Wellington region with gusts of up to 140kmh at Mt Kaukau on Saturday night.

Winds gusting to over 100kmh buffeted Wellington airport, forcing the cancellation of a number of flights.


A Virgin Airlines flight from Brisbane, an Air New Zealand flight from Queenstown and a Sounds Air Flight to Blenheim were cancelled.

Meanwhile, heavy rains in the Tararua Ranges in the North Island yesterday flooded roads in South Wairarapa. The Ruamahanga River burst its banks, flooding farmland and roads.

MetService duty forecaster David Miller reported that about 300mm fell at Angle Knob on the eastern side of the Tararuas overnight.

Today and tomorrow were expected to be fine in Marlborough, with northwesterly winds developing on Tuesday. By Wednesday there would be a chance of morning showers with a brief southeast change in the afternoon.

Blenheim has an expected high of 11 degrees Celsius today, and would drop to -1C overnight.

The remainder of the week was expected to be fine, with the temperature predicted to climb on Thursday, with a high of 16C.

The Marlborough Express