Rain to return to Canterbury

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

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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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