Summer is back on in the South Island as warm temperatures set in
Hot and windy conditions in Canterbury and sunny skies in Marlborough are heralding a return to summer for the South Island.
Temperatures in Christchurch are expected to peak at 29 degrees Celsius on Wednesday and should remain above 22C until the weekend. Gusty northwest winds may increase into Wednesday afternoon.
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In Blenheim, temperatures are forecast to reach 30C in the late afternoon after a warm morning. Northwest winds strengthen in the evening, but will provide little respite from the heat.
In nearby Nelson, the day is set for a high of 25C and sunny skies with high cloud. Expect a few spots of rain from afternoon with moderate northerly winds.
Rain is expected to fall on the West Coast, becoming persistent in the evening.
"A heavy rain warning remains in force for the Westland ranges south of Otira," a MetService weather watch said.
Temperatures in Greymouth may reach 18C, remaining warm throughout the day while northerly winds turn northwest by evening.
Further south in Dunedin, a warm day was forecast with a high of 24C. High cloud may increase into the evening. Northerly winds throughout the day.
Strong westerly winds around Queenstown will cause problems for firefighters battling a large blaze near the edge of Lake Wakatipu. Evening rain may help their cause, while a high of 24C is expected after lunch.