Wild winds to hit Canterbury
Another potentially damaging spell of severe winds could hit Canterbury this week.
Northwest gales are expected to develop about eastern parts of the South Island from Thursday morning, including Canterbury.
MetService today issued a severe-weather watch warning the winds could reach severe gale strength in exposed parts of Otago and Canterbury throughout Thursday, with the potential for damaging gusts in parts of Canterbury.
The watch was likely to be upgraded to a warning tomorrow, and further areas would probably be included as the severe weather was expected to extended into Friday, MetService said.
Meteorologist Daniel Corbett said the worst of the gales was likely to hit inland Canterbury, but it was important to keep an eye on the forecast across the region.
Heavy-rain warnings have been issued for the West Coast today as an active front moves north over the South Island.
A strong and moist northwest flow moving ahead of the front is bringing heavy rain to Fiordland and Westland and will bring heavy rain to Buller and possibly the Nelson Lakes area until tonight.
Northwest gales in northern Marlborough are expected to ease this afternoon and are no longer expected to become severe.
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