Firefighters kept busy as winds up to 130kmh level powerlines and fuel scrub fires over Canterbury.
Canterbury set for gusts of up to 150kmh while West Coast could expect small tornadoes.
Canterbury poised for short-lived burst of fine weather, while West Coast braces for heavy downpours.
Christchurch will have a high of 10degC today with no rain. The temperature will drop to -1degC overnight.