Wintry weather on the way

Cantabrians are being warned to brace themselves for plummeting temperatures and biting southwesterlies over the next two days.

After a weekend of mostly warm and sunny conditions, a cold air flow is set to bring bad weather to the region tomorrow and on Wednesday.

MetService spokesman Dan Corbett said Christchurch residents should prepare for "cold and wintry" conditions, including morning frosts, sleety showers and cold southwesterly winds.

"You'll certainly feel it tomorrow and Wednesday. It will only get up to 7 or 8 [degrees Celsius], and more likely it will feel like freezing conditions." 

He said snow was unlikely to reach Christchurch doorsteps, with snow predicted to fall to 200 metres in Canterbury.

"You might see it falling in the sky, but it will be landing across the top of Banks Peninsula and parts of the high country," Corbett said.

Otago and Southland could expect snow to sea level, he said.

Christchurch weather was likely to improve towards the end of the week, he said, although there would still be morning frosts.

The Press