Christchurch sun encircled by halo

Taken from Bryndwr.
Taken from Bryndwr.
Taken from Linwood.
Taken from Linwood.
The halo seen around the sun in Christchurch today.
The halo seen around the sun in Christchurch today.
A photograph of the sun's halo.
A photograph of the sun's halo.
This photo was taken at the kart racing track at Halswell around 1pm.
This photo was taken at the kart racing track at Halswell around 1pm.

Residents in Christchurch have spotted an unusual occurence in the sky today - a halo around the sun. 

The halo, is an optical phenomenon, produced by ice crystals that create arcs in the sky, which encircle the sun or moon. 

Many Press readers sent in photographs of today's halo, as featured in our gallery above. 

In folklore, the halo is said to herald the arrival of heavy rain. 

MetService is predicting fine weather for the rest of the day and for Monday, with a chance of some rain in Christchurch on Tuesday. 

The Press