Chch today: Gales not yet hampering travel

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 07:49 04/03/2014
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Welcome to a wrap of what's happening in Christchurch today.

WEATHER

Heavy rain and severe southwest gales gusting up to 130kmh are forecast for Christchurch today. The wind is expected to make of 13 degrees Celsius feel colder, Metservice says.

The rain is set to ease to showers tomorrow, with dying southerlies and another high of 13C expected.

The sun is forecast to come back out on Thursday, but the city can expect light winds and cloudy periods, with a high of 19C.

Fine spells and light winds are likely on Friday, while Saturday will be cloudy with little wind for a high of 18C.

TRANSPORT

A 6.45am flight from Christchurch to Queenstown was cancelled this morning, but no other flights have been affected by the weather so far.

A Christchurch Airport spokeswoman said the airport was open and staff were monitoring the weather and wind "very closely". 

Travellers were advised to keep up-to-date by checking the airport's website and with their airlines. 

Roads around the South Island also remained open, with no reports of crashes or weather-related issued so far, a police southern communications spokesman said.

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Q: Recently, two of the mature trees forming the eastern heritage treed boundary of the Park of Remembrance, adjacent to the Avon River and the Bridge of Remembrance, have been felled. For what reason were these trees removed? When will they be replaced and with which tree species?

A: The trees were identified for removal in the Avon River/ Otakaro (Central City) Master Plan (2007) due to internal decay and their decline in health. Full public consultation was undertaken in formulation of the plan. The trees - one of which had a decaying trunk and the other which had the potential to topple over after being damaged in high winds - have been removed as part of the Crown-led Avon River Precinct anchor project. The intention is to retain all healthy significant trees in addition to thousands of new plantings, currently being planned, along the length of the new river precinct. Christchurch City Council

WHAT'S ON

The second run in the Shoe Clinic Cashmere Downs Twilight Series is on tonight at 6.30pm at Halswell Quarry Park. The 10km race is for runners aged 17 years old and over, register at enteronline.co.nz

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Check out a free lunchtime concert at the University of Canterbury School of Music today from 1pm-2pm. Tony Ferner (flute), Han Sol Jeung (piano) and Matthew Lee (flute) will perform works by Bach, Helen Bowater and Berio.

- The Press

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