Winter threatens to come early

Summer is over as rain arrives

JACQUIE WEBBY
Last updated 05:00 04/03/2014
Storm clouds over Timaru
JOHN BISSET/FAIRFAX NZ
BATTEN DOWN: Storm clouds over Timaru signal the start of some wintry weather.

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Button up your overcoat and break out the umbrella - wet and wintry weather is on the way.

Timaru may have topped the sunshine stakes over the weekend, as the town with the highest temperature, but the next few days will bring a wintry blast with likely hail, strong southeasterlies and rain.

Hail was expected in the region last night, ushering in two days of unsettled weather, cold southwesterly gales and rain to South Canterbury and eastern parts of New Zealand.

Slightly improved weather for Timaru tomorrow offers a mix of rain and some sunshine with an overnight low of 6 degrees Celsius.

Dark clouds over Timaru yesterday afternoon provided a forerunner of what can be expected in the early part of this week.

And it's weather which isn't helping those farmers with crops still to harvest.

While growers north of Timaru are close to "done and dusted", the harvest for growers south of Timaru and Waimate has been a bit of a stop-start affair, according to South Canterbury farmer and Federated Farmers Grain and Seed provincial spokesman Colin Hurst.

"Take last weekend ... We had some rain, then we had good drying winds on Saturday and now we've had some more rain. The dull weather has also helped push the completion dates out a bit," he said.

"The quality and yields are back on two years ago and we just need some good weather."

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- The Timaru Herald

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