Christchurch today: rain and wind warnings

Last updated 07:50 02/01/2014
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Welcome to a wrap of what's happening in Christchurch today.

WEATHER

Fine weather, with high cloud and strengthening northerlies is expected for Christchurch today, along with a high of 21 degrees Celisus. 

Metservice have issued a heavy rain warning for the Canterbury headwaters late today, with up to 200mm likely to accumulate about the main divide and more than 80mm within 25km east of the divide. 

A strong wind warning has also been issued for the Canterbury high country, with northwesterlies expected to rise to severe gale strength, gusting up to 120kmh this afternoon before easing overnight.

A brief period of rain is forecast tomorrow, before the strong northwest winds ease. 

The start of the weekend will come with increasing high cloud and northeasterlies, followed by brief rain early Sunday.

TODAY'S QUESTION

Q: The Sumner 24-hour dairy was closed two and a half years ago. Is it going to be replaced?

A: The building is in trust for the owner who is now overseas. It is badly damaged and unable to be repaired. Access remains restricted for safety reasons. A representative of the owner said insurance had been finalised and pending a go-ahead from the owner, it will be demolished. The time frame on the demolition is not available at this stage. A building of some kind may be built on the site, but it is too soon for any promises.

WHAT'S ON

Woodford Glen Speedway is hosting the NZ Modified Championship starting today, finishing on Saturday. Check out the practice day from 2pm today, see woodfordglen.co.nz.

Halswell will be home to the national Model Engineering Rally starting today, where kids can ride a miniature train and see all the cool model boats and feats of engineering. Check it out at Halswell Domain, more info at csmee.org.nz.

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