Rain to return to Canterbury

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 13:19 20/05/2013

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Weather: Clear skies expected Cows on motorway slow traffic Weather: Showers expected later today Christchurch to escape heavy rain and gales Christchurch set to avoid regional downpour Fine skies ahead of drizzle Weekend highs of 20C ahead Strong winds ease off for fine day 150kmh gusts on the way for Canterbury Gales and rain make miserable start to the week

Cantabrians should prepare for a cold and wet week, with temperatures set to plummet.

About 16.2mm of rain fell in Christchurch yesterday, and more is set to return mid-week, MetService meteorologist John Law said.

"Unsettled is pretty much the word of the day."

A large area of low pressure to the west of Canterbury, over the Tasman Sea, will bring "a bit of cloud" across the region tonight and tomorrow.

Rain will begin to fall again on Wednesday, but will quickly be followed by a cold southerly, dropping temperatures to about 2 degrees Celsius overnight Thursday and -1 overnight Friday.

"Out in the rural areas and closer to the foothills it'll be cooler still," Law said.

Friday to Sunday is expected to be sunny but cool, with highs of only 10C and 12C on Friday and Saturday respectively.

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