Warm start for Queen's Birthday

01:57, May 31 2013

The picture above shows the Port Hills from the central city, in pictures taken during snowfalls this week and 15 years ago. Note the many tall buildings no longer present.

Those looking for a fine Queen's Birthday long weekend may be better off staying home.

Metservice has forecast increasingly warm temperatures for Christchurch, with highs of 17 degrees Celsius expected tomorrow and Sunday.

However, rain is forecast tomorrow, clearing for Sunday and returning on Monday through to Thursday.

Those at the top of the South Island should keep an umbrella handy, with Nelson and Blenheim expecting rain on Sunday and Monday.


Queenstown and Wanaka will be cold, with highs of no more than 13C throughout the long weekend, but that does not mean good news for snow bunnies, with rain expected in both tourist towns each day.

Showers and northerlies are forecast for Dunedin tomorrow and Sunday, followed by a period of southwesterlies and showers on Monday, with a high of only 11C.

It may be better to stay close to home, with only a few spots of rain expected in Kaikoura, Akaroa and Hanmer Springs over the long weekend.

''It's not a complete washout,'' meteorologist Dan Corbett said.

Frosts could affect Christchurch and Hanmer Springs overnight on Monday as a cold southerly moves north over the country, but any chance of more snow will be confined to the highest parts of Banks Peninsula and the Canterbury high country.

Those looking for ways to make the most of the long weekend despite the weather could visit a market at The Met, aka the Moorhouse Entertainment Terminal, between 9am and 2pm tomorrow.

The site was home to the old Christchurch railway station until the building was demolished because of earthquake damage, and the new Met complex will be a socially interactive hub featuring cinemas, space for live events, accommodation, food and family activity zones.

Visitors will be able to share their ideas for the new complex, as well as enjoy a family day out with live music, face painting, food and a bouncy castle.

On Sunday, the annual Christchurch Airport Marathon will see runners, walkers and wheelchair users race around one of the fastest marathon circuits in the world.

It is not too late to enter the full, half or 10km races, with entries accepted up to 6pm tomorrow. 

The Press