Severe weather watch for West Coast

Canterbury is poised for what will be a short-lived burst of fine weather today, while the West Coast is bracing for heavy downpours.

MetService has forecast a high of 12 degrees Celsius for Christchurch today with high cloud increasing with northwesterly winds.

But showers are expected to kick in tomorrow, with another fine day forecast for Wednesday before a low hovers over the region until Monday next week, bringing heavy rain at times.

A severe weather watch has been issued for Westland and Fiordland until early this morning with a burst of heavy rain expected.

Residents in the area are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts in case this watch needs to be upgraded to a full warning.


Durham St North - one-way street south of Bealey Ave: SCIRT's Fletcher team has completed wastewater work between Kilmore and Armagh Streets. The road will reopen to more than one lane next week and work on the bridge is complete.

Kilmore St - one way west: Kilmore has lane closures between Madras and Manchester for road reconstruction and stormwater repairs until December.

Antigua St: The street is one way, northbound only off Moorhouse Ave to Halkett St/Balfour Terrace. Work will progress in stages to St Asaph St with no on-street parking around the work site. 

Peterborough St: The road will be closed to through traffic between Madras and Manchester with full access for residents and businesses. 

Oxford Terrace, south side of the Avon, Manchester to Colombo: A wastewater pump station is being installed so Oxford Terrace is closed between Manchester and Colombo until late September.

Armagh St, closed between Manchester and Colombo, (access to New Regent from Colombo St): Rolling road closures on Armagh St until mid-November starting from Manchester St to the tram tracks at New Regent St, moving west.  

Tuam St: One-way east between High St and Madras St.

Madras St (one-way north): Down to one lane south of Bealey Ave until late August for water main renewal, Kilmore to Peterborough and further south, St Asaph to Lichfield.

Barbadoes St (one-way south) has lane closures for final road reconstruction from the river to Melrose St/ south of Bealey Ave. This final stage of the infrastructure repair will take until mid September. 

South City entranceway off Durham St - use Alcester St (just before Bath St), not Winchcombe (on the northern edge of South City).

The Press