Balmy weather not set to stick around

Balmy temperatures set to give way to rain

RACHEL YOUNG
Last updated 09:45 11/08/2014
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Today's balmy weather might have Cantabrians thinking spring has come early - but temperatures are set to plummet tonight, with rain and hail on the cards.

MetService duty forecaster Hannah Moes said there was a disturbed southwest flow moving over the country which meant several fronts would hit Christchurch in the next seven days.

Before each front, a warm northwest wind would pass through the city before rain and southwesterly winds arrived.

"It's kind of a repeating pattern for the next couple of days," she said.

However, tomorrow's front could bring hail and snow to 500 metres on the Banks Peninsula.

Today will start off fine, but rain will develop in the afternoon and early evening.

There will be a high of 16 degrees Celsius, which will drop to 2C overnight.

Tomorrow and Wednesday will have highs of 11C, but drop to -4C and -2C overnight respectively. 

Moes said skies would be clear by midnight for those hoping to catch a glimpse of the "super moon" tonight.

This special sighting happens when the moon comes a little bit closer to Earth due to its elliptical orbit, making it appear bigger and brighter to the naked eye.

The full moon occured about 6.10am today, reaching its perigee - the closest point to Earth on its oval-shaped orbit - about 5.44am. 

The last super moon happened on July 9 and another would be seen on September 9, but today's event would be the closest of the year.

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