Chch Today: Xmas Day warm, damp

Last updated 11:04 23/12/2013
New Brighton pier
Daniel Tobin

PHOTOGRAPHER'S VIEW: Peeking through New Brighton pier.

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Christchurch kids might want to get outside and play with their toys early on Christmas Day, with showers set to arrive later in the day.

MetService meterologist Daniel Corbett said a front was moving in from Australia, and would arrive later today bringing high cloud and the chance of rain.

Last minute Christmas shoppers can expect warm, northwesterlies tomorrow with a few spots of rain. But a southwest change late on Christmas Eve will bring cooler weather.

Christmas Day may start off dry, but the southwesterly will likely bring showers later, Corbett said. ''Unfortunately, it might be a case of plan around some wetter weather later in the day.''

Corbett said Boxing Day was likely to be a grey, cooler day with the odd shower, although things would start to brighten up by Friday.

He did suggest punters kept an eye on the forecast. ''As always, the timing has just been changing every so slightly as we get closer.''

''You never know, Mother Nature might just say 'hold on a second, it's Christmas' and the system might weaken.''

TODAY'S WEATHER

Today will be fine with a high of 22 degrees Celsius and northeasterlies, though high cloud will roll in this evening.
High cloud and northeasterlies will remain tomorrow, for a high of 24C.

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Q: What is being done about cycle and pedestrian access over the Waimakariri River?

A: Cycling and pedestrian access across the river is a joint responsibility for the Christchurch City Council, Waimakariri District Council (WDC) and the NZTA. All three agree the appropriate cycle link is the Old Waimakariri Bridge.

The motorway bridge will not provide for walking or cycling. The CCC is planning a major cycle route corridor from the city to Belfast over the next three years.

Either this route, or the new cycle paths planned in conjunction with the Northern Arterial Motorway, will also connect to the Old Waimakariri Bridge (a CCC and WDC responsibility).

Waimakariri council said both councils were planning a pedestrian and cycle path for that bridge, dependent on NZTA funding, but the funding had not been approved for the 2012-2015 timeline. CCC, Waimakariri District Council, NZTA

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WHAT'S ON TODAY

The Cardboard Cathedral will hold the traditional annual Childrens' Christmas Service with Animals this afternoon, 3pm-3.45pm. The service is based around the story of Christmas told with the assistance of animals. A Christchurch classic and well worth a visit for all ages. Free event.

The Darkroom at 336 St Asaph St is home to Monday Night Magic. Tonight's performance is dubbed the Christmas Crack-up and includes performers Shay Horay (Rubberband Boy) and The Unicorn. Entry $10 at the door, R18.

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