Fine weekend ahead as chilly winds ease

MYLES HUME
Last updated 08:25 15/08/2014

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A fine weekend is in store for Christchurch, but don't pack away the umbrella for spring just yet.

MetService duty forecaster Mariken van Laanen said Canterbury could expect a few showers but mainly fine weather through to Sunday.

"There have been some chilly southwesterly winds but that should be on the easing trend," she said.

Today Christchurch is searching for a high of 10 degrees Celsius, and 12C during the weekend.

Van Laanen said the city could expect early showers on Saturday before sunshine breaks through, and Sunday would be much the same.

However, the long-term forecast indicates wet weather will settle on Wednesday and carry on through next week.

Meanwhile, the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has issued warnings to motorists about driving conditions in the lower South Island.

Ice and snow is making for hazardous conditions on the Kyeburn to Outram, Wedderburn to Becks and Lindis Pass.

Strong winds are hammering roads between Raes Junction to Mcnab, Raes Junction to Clarksville and Omarama and Oamaru.

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