Christchurch is in store for a couple of fine days as summer draws closer.
Hail and thunderstorms have pounded parts of Christchurch as thousands of punters enjoy the first day of the A&P Show.
Fine 20C expected to give way to showers - but not until Cup Day events are ending. l Traffic warnings
Fine day may get overtaken by afternoon showers and gales, with a hail storm on the horizon this week.
Shorts and jandals weather in Christchurch today, but rain is set to land around Cup Day.
Most centres in the South Island will be basking in sunshine today.
Spring weather will return to Christchurch this weekend, with plenty of sunshine forecast.
Hail is threatening areas of the country which have already been hit hard by intense downpours.
Canterbury begins to move on from a miserable week to a string of fine weather.
Christchurch's Guy Fawkes fireworks is likely to go ahead as planned at New Brighton's pier tonight.
Snow will dust Banks Peninsula today as wild weather which brought lightning and hail last night continues.
Christchurch may get hailed on today as a cold southerly wind sweeps across the South Island.
MetService has issued road snowfall warnings for the alpine highways tonight.
A fine day is in store for Cantabrians with the mercury set to rise above 20 degrees Celsius for the second time this weekend.
Cantabrians can expect the mercury to rise above 20 degrees today and tomorrow.
Lightning splits tree, strikes cell tower
Lightning has split a tree in half at Princess Margaret Hospital, while lightning and hail sweep the hills.
Another sunny weekend in store, with burst of rain gone in time for trick-or-treating tonight.
Fine weather forecast for Christchurch today, but tomorrow set for rain and cooler temperatures.
Severe gales cut power to more than 1700 homes in Canterbury, while broken-down bus causes delays.
Canterbury will bear the brunt of gales sweeping the country, with gusts up to 130kmh expected.