Southerly marks summer's end

ALEXIA JOHNSTON
Last updated 05:00 01/03/2014
Chelsea McAuley, with Quinn, 3, and Darcy
WET, WET, WET: Chelsea McAuley, with Quinn, 3, and Darcy, 18 months, were among the many people who got caught out in yesterday’s downpour.

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The seasons are a-changing.

Believe it or not, Timaru's temperature reached a balmy 19 degrees Celsius yesterday - just after midnight on Thursday, that is.

That quickly changed thanks to a southerly blast, which brought heavy rain to the district and a dusting of snow to hilltops in the Mackenzie District. The southerly also brought thunder and lightning to parts of wider Canterbury, marking the last official day of summer.

By 3.30pm the temperature had dropped to 8C in Timaru and was expected to drop by another 6C overnight, MetService meteorologist John Law said.

"We've got some pretty cool air over us," he said.

Timaru saw 12 millimetres of rain fall by 3.30pm, with more expected throughout the remainder of the afternoon. However, sunny weather was expected over the weekend, Mr Law said.

The public will have to cope with a cooler than usual start today though. "[Today will be] a dry day with some nice spells of sunshine. We are going to be in the cooler air [with a high of] 16C, so temperatures are going to be a struggle."

Another southerly is expected over the district late tomorrow, which will bring showers at the start of next week, Mr Law said.

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- The Timaru Herald

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