Chilling winds to return

Chilling southwesterlies will return to Canterbury tomorrow, but the burst of cold air is expected to be as short-lived as it was yesterday.

Today's respite from the biting winds does not mean the cold snap is over.

Winds eased and turned a little more westerly today, allowing temperatures to rise into the mid-teens.

But the large low-pressure system out to the east, near the Chatham Islands, is still in place and another cold front in the southwesterly airflow will head for the South Island's south coast tonight.

The cold change will make its way north tomorrow, reaching Canterbury in the afternoon, bringing showers, strong winds and some snow on the hills down to 400 to 500 metres.

Blue Skies Weather forecaster Tony Trewinnard said afternoon temperatures tomorrow would dip to single figures.

''There'll be a period of cloud and showers again along the coast,'' he said.

''The main thing will be the wind. I suspect it will be quite a strong wind around much of Canterbury, and on Banks Peninsula and Kaikoura it could well be gale-force for a time in the late afternoon and early evening.

''We should see the wind picking up a bit as the afternoon goes on.

''The snow level on the coastal hills and peninsula will be about 400m to 500m.

''I expect the city and coastal fringes will get some brief showers, but I wouldn't expect them to last.''

The southwesterly spell would finish by the end of the weekend, Trewinnard said.

''We should have sunshine on Saturday and the winds will drop, but it could be a rather cloudy day on Sunday and quite cool, but no showers are expected,'' he said.

''Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week look to be sunny and frosty.''

The Press