Cool change 'not end of summer'

ALEXIA JOHNSTON
Last updated 10:23 05/02/2013
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DAMP DAY: Trying to get home in the wet weather after a day at school are Logan Fynn, left, and Chris Hogg.

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Do not put the sunblock away just yet, you might need it in South Canterbury by midweek.

A front, which brought heavy rain and lower than usual temperatures to the district yesterday, does not spell the end of summer, a MetService spokeswoman says.

Timaru's high was 18 degrees Celsius yesterday, a far cry from the late 30s, which parts of South Canterbury had experienced over recent days.

MetService forecaster Philippa Murdoch said rain would start to clear over South Canterbury from today, making way for the return of warm weather by the end of the week.

"The worst of this rain has gone through. You've [no doubt] noticed a pretty dramatic drop in temperature [in South Canterbury]. That should be pretty short-lived."

She said maximum temperatures in the "high teens" could be expected over the "next few days", before increasing to the mid-20s by about Thursday.

From Saturday the weather will be "mostly fine", but patches of cloud will hang around in the mornings and evenings, she said.

"Summer's not quite over. It's a lot colder than it has been, but it will warm up."

Yesterday Timaru had the country's highest rainfall reading at 4.15pm, with 6mm of rain, but that was short lived after Paraparaumu recorded 9.4mm late yesterday afternoon.

South Canterbury has had a good run of sunny weather, with at least 18 days passing since the last decent rainfall.

Until yesterday, there had been no rain in Timaru since January 24, when 0.6mm fell. On January 17, there was 20.4mm.

For much of the past month there have been clear skies and warm temperatures, with the mercury creeping into the 30s in some parts of South Canterbury.

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