Strong winds blew through the night in Timaru and affected the outer regions as well, with more bad weather on the way today.
Last night, a north-westerly wind gust reached a maximum of 65 kilometres an hour at 11pm.
The MacKenzie District felt the strong winds which even put a stop to holiday activities. Earth and Sky Observatory at Mt John had to cancel tours due to strong winds making it unsafe, employee TJ McConchie said.
She said the weather had been cloudy and windy over the season, and was meant to get worse.
Twizel Information Centre Worker Summer McDougall said the wind had been "pretty rough" in Twizel over night. The town now had overcast conditions with rain on the way.
According to Metservice, today's temperature will reach a high of 26 degrees Celcius. However, rain is forecast to develop this afternoon, with a chance it could be heavy.
The gusty north westerly will change to a southerly, reaching a maximum of 35km per hour. There is a serve weather warning for Canterbury, but looks like it will miss Timaru.
Metservice forecaster Daniel Corbett said active thunderstorms would form ahead of the southerly change, which would "barrel up the east coast of the South Island like a freight train".
It will move through Christchurch this evening and Wellington around midnight.
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