Chance showers for an otherwise fine day for southern centres

A mixed day of weather for southern centres on Wednesday. It should be clear in Christchurch for much of the day, ...
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A mixed day of weather for southern centres on Wednesday. It should be clear in Christchurch for much of the day, although rain could dampen the spirits for the Garden City.

Fog hugged the roads and bike paths around the Garden City on Wednesday morning ahead of a fine day.

An advisory from the Christchurch Transport Operations Centre said traffic was moving well on the Northern Motorway, despite the fog.

Christchurch was forecast to remain fine for much of the day with a forecast high of 19 degrees Celsius, according to MetService. Showers could dampen the region from early evening as a southwest wind change blows in.

State Highway 1 south of Kaikoura remains closed and could be until April 24 after a large slip caused by heavy rain from ex-Cyclone Cook blocked the road.

New Zealand Transport Agency earthquake recovery manager Steven Mutton said the slip measured around 10,000 cubic metres of rock and mud.

"From the air, it appears as if the whole hillside has slumped to the ground," he said.

"[On Tuesday] crews continued working with excavators, climbing up to pull down loose material at the top of the slip. Crews are working dawn until dusk to make the best progress they can."

Motorists were advised to use the inland road, State Highway 70 via Mt Lyford and Waiau, to access Kaikoura, where a fine day was forecast on Wednesday with the chance of showers once the sun set. A high of 17C was expected.

North to Blenheim, where clear skies and light winds should make for a fine mid-week. A high of 19C was forecast after a crisp morning.

Further west, morning cloud in Nelson should burn off as the day fines up towards a high of 19C. Light winds can be expected, but it should be otherwise warm and balmy.

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Cloud and afternoon rain were forecast for the West Coast, but should clear by evening. In Greymouth, a high of 16C was expected while further up the coast Westport could reach 17C.

South to Dunedin, cloud should cover the city throughout the day, bringing lunchtime showers. A fresh southwest change in the afternoon should bring the temperature down. A high of 15C.

 - Stuff

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