Heavy frost chills Christchurch

21:18, Jul 14 2014
Sunrise, jogger, Hagley Park, winter morning
SUNRISE: A hardy jogger braves a frosty winter's morning in Hagley Park.
Sunrise, jogger, Hagley Park, winter morning
TOUGH COMMUTER: It is seemingly never too cold to go by foot for some in Christchurch.
Cycling, Hagley Park, winter morning
WINTRY: Cyclists in Hagley Park battle below-zero temperatures.
Cycling, Hagley Park, winter morning
FROSTY: A cyclist in Hagley Park on a July morning.
Sunrise, jogger, Hagley Park, winter morning
BREATHTAKING: A jogger amidst the early morning mist in Hagley Park.

Christchurch awoke to a chilly -3.6 degrees Celsius this morning, but can expect rain to settle in later this week.

The overnight low between 6am and 7am was among the coldest temperatures the city has recorded this winter as a south westerly flow hits the region.

By 8.30am, wind chill meant it still felt like -5C.

However, MetService expects a fine day with a high of 12C today before showers move over Canterbury tomorrow and Thursday.

MetService spokesman John Law is warning drivers of potentially frosty conditions Friday morning as the wet weather may combine with cool conditions to make roads treacherous..

Friday looks to be overcast, but the worst of the rain will strike on Saturday with downpours expected.

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TRAFFIC

In the central city, SCIRT crews are working on either side of New Regent St, but maintaining access to the shops. There will always be one end of this retail area with good pedestrian access.

Armagh St is westbound between Manchester and Colombo, while Gloucester St from Colombo to Manchester  will reopen eastbound today, then two-way Thursday.

With wastewater repairs completed along Peterborough St between Colombo and Madras, work now begins partial road reconstruction and stormwater work. The road will be closed to through traffic.

St Asaph St  will be reduced to one lane some days as work progresses to the intersections with Madras and Manchester. 

Tuam St will be one way east only between High and Madras Streets. (The block just past C1 Café/ Alice in Videoland).

Madras St (one-way north) is down to one lane in several places up to Bealey Ave until late July.

Barbadoes St (one-way south) has lane closures for final road reconstruction from the river to Melrose St/ south of Bealey Ave. This work will be taking place until mid September.  

Durham St North work is ongoing until Friday, between Kilmore and Armagh. This one-way south street is also down to a single lane from Salisbury to Hereford St (past the Law Courts/ Provincial Chambers)

South City entranceway off Durham St - use Alcester St (just before Bath St), not Winchcombe (on the northern edge of South City).  In another two weeks, Winchcombe will be fully closed for a month, in and out.

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