Christchurch is in store for an afternoon of stormy conditions and strong winds.
Metservice is forecasting wind gusts of up to 100kmh, along with a spell of heavy rain, thunder and lightning.
The stormy weather reached the city about 2.30pm, having already passed through Timaru and Ashburton.
Meteorologist Dan Corbett said western Canterbury, including Sheffield and Darfield, were experiencing thunder and lightning about 2pm, and the wild conditions had headed straight to Christchurch from there.
About 14mm of rain was expected to fall over Christchurch this afternoon, while winds could reach gale force strength.
Sugarloaf hill was experiencing winds of up to 80kmh, while the top of the Christchurch Gondola reached 75kmh just before 2.30pm.
The stormy weather was not expected to last long though, with more summery conditions forecast for the city tomorrow.
The temperature would remain at a low 5 or 6 degrees Celsius overnight, but a high of 17C was expected tomorrow.
"It looks like late this evening it's all clearing," Corbett said.
"It's just a quick little blast."
Several flights into and out of Christchurch have been cancelled including flights from Rotorua, Queenstown and Hokitika. However Christchurch Airport remains open and passengers are advised to check flight times with the airport website or their airlines.
Traffic is running smoothly despite two car crashes this morning.
In Russley Rd, near Avonhead Rd, a car crashed into a truck putting out traffic cones.
Three cars have collided on Ferry Rd in a "nose-to-tail".
Police said no one was injured in either crash. Traffic had not been affected either.
Burnside High School is hosting Nasa space explorer Dr Charles Elachi for a free lecture, To Mars and Beyond. The lecture has free entry and runs from 6.30pm.
Nassim Soleimanpour is staging a production of White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, a play about a generation of Iranians. Tonight 8pm at the Court Theatre, tickets $20, ph 0800 333 100.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Question: For many months, a steady stream of water has gushed on to the street in Bealey Ave adjacent to the Knox church hall. What is the cause of this? It seems a waste of a precious resource. Can anything be done to stop it? - Barry Brinson
Answer: This is from the new development in Knox Lane and is discharge from the de-watering operation, in which water is pumped from below the ground to lower the water table, which allows the excavation of the foundations and basement to be carried out in dry conditions. This discharge must continue until the building basement construction is completed and has been made safe and waterproofed. The pumped water is returned to the Avon River through the stormwater system. - Christchurch City Council.
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