Enjoy the fine weather while it lasts

21:11, Aug 10 2014
CLEAR SKIES: Today would be a great day to hit the slopes.

Canterbury weather has come out to play, with clear skies and light breezes making for ideal conditions on the region's ski fields today.

However, the fine weather will be short lived as occasional showers settle in tomorrow before a dousing of sleety showers and a cold southerly change on Tuesday.

Today, Metservice is predicting Christchurch is set for a high of 13 degrees Celsius after a brisk early morning frost.

The region's two main ski fields - Mt Hutt and Porters Ski Area - are reporting "fantastic" and "perfect" conditions for punters today.

Mt Hutt received 12 centimetres on Wednesday last week, with its upper mountain base now at 70cm and its lower base at 55cm.

Meanwhile, Metservice has put a severe weather warning in place for Fiordland and the Westland ranges for today and tomorrow.


A front approaching from the Tasman Sea could bring 140 millimetres of rain to Fiordland, while the Westland ranges could see up to 190mm

"Due to cool temperatures, near the divide and about the Otago and Canterbury headwaters most of this precipitation will fall as heavy snow," Metservice says.

"However, at lower levels in Fiordland and Westland this rain has the potential to cause surface flooding and slips and river levels may rise rapidly."

In some exposed places of Canterbury and Marlborough, strong northwesterlies could become gale force tomorrow.

The Press