Signs of spring in Sth Canty

00:19, Aug 29 2012
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BRIGHT: Pink blossoms are livening up Timaru streets.
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NEW LIFE: Lambs are one of the first signs many people associate with the onset of spring.
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NEW LIFE: Lambs are one of the first signs many people associate with the onset of spring.
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BUDDING: Blossoms burst into life around Timaru.
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CHEERFUL: Blue skies and bright plants add colour to the landscape.
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FOR YOU: Riley Wentworth-Smith and Matthew Gould check out the new growth near Chalmers Church.

Signs of spring are bursting out all over South Canterbury, and - fingers crossed - the weather has returned to more typical patterns for this time of year.

Metservice meterologist Daniel Corbett said the weather over New Zealand got stuck earlier this month, causing lows to hang around, "spinning like car wheels in mud".

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However, that pattern had broken about 10 days ago, he said.

"It's [now] a more typical westerly spring pattern, which - fingers crossed - gives you a lot of settled weather."

Perennial favourite signs of spring – daffodils, bees, lambs, blossoms – featured strongly in comments from Timaru Herald Facebook users today.

Other signed people enjoyed included the sound of lawnmowers, warmer days and longer evenings, and happier dispositions.

In its three-monthly outlook for August to October, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) predicted early spring temperatures were likely to be near average or above average for all regions – in contrast to a typical El Niño early spring period.

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