Weather taking a shine to Anzac
Cloudy with a chance of sunshine and warm is the forecast for Anzac Day in Timaru.
According to the MetService, Timaru can expect a high of 20 degrees celsius. Metrologist Daniel Corbett said that unlike last week when "nature threw a hissyfit, possibly having a bad hair day", the weather for Anzac weekend should be stress-free.
"We have a couple of different weather systems going across the North and South islands. The western parts of the South Island will be damp with a northwest flow spreading across Timaru," Corbett said.
People attending dawn and civic services can look forward to a dry morning.
"Friday morning, between 8 and 10 should be dry. The northwesterly flow will help with the high temperatures but possible showers are expected in the afternoon as higher cloud spreads through," Corbett said.
General manager of the South Canterbury RSA, Michelle Brown, said that provided the weather holds up, a larger turnout for the civic service than last year is expected.
"If the weather is good, we expect close to 3000 people for the service at Caroline Bay. However, if it is raining, there will be no parade and the civic service will be at the RSA."
While early morning revellers can enjoy the change in temperature for Anzac Day and the weekend, late nighters will be caught out when the temperature drops.
On the weekend, the days start of cool and warm up later on but the temperature will drop to between 2 and 4C overnight.
"It will be a cool chilly start to Saturday and Sunday. As the day progresses it will be a perfect outdoor picnic day with the temperature sitting at 17 degrees and a light northwesterly flow on Saturday and 16 degrees with a smattering of cloud on Sunday," Corbett said.
But whatever service people attend, the RSA is encouraging the public to participate, Brown said.
"More and more people are attending the parades and we encourage people to wear their deceased ancestors medals on the right-hand side and come and participate in the parade."
6am: Dawn Service
Address: Cenotaph, Queen Street, Timaru (marshal at 5:45am)
Details: A service including two minutes' silence, last post, reveille, wreath and poppy laying.
10am: Parade. Marshal at 9:45am at World War I commemorative area behind Sound Shell, Caroline Bay, Timaru . Service at Sound Shell.
Details: A service including two minutes' silence, parade, flyover, speeches, hymns, last post, reveille, wreath and poppy laying.
6am: Dawn Service at the Temuka Cenotaph, Domain Ave.
7.30am: Arowhenua Marae. Citizen's Service Parade from Memorial Gates to Cenotaph.
8am: Service at the Temuka cemetery.
11am: Alpine Energy Centre, Temuka Domain, Domain Ave.
9am: Service at Winchester Rural School, Winchester War Memorial, State Highway 1.
8am: Marshal at 7.30am at Victoria Wilson Hall, Horton St. A service will be held including prayers and hymn, speakers and a roll of honour will be read. The bugler will play the last post reveille and ode, and a wreath and poppy laying ceremony will be held while bagpipes are played. All are invited to morning tea.
10am: Service at the Community Centre with guest speaker Rev Michael Kerr. At the conclusion of the service there is a march to the cenotaph followed by a march back to the Community Centre. Gurkha soldiers will attend.
9am: Community service at the Geraldine War memorial on Talbot St.
10.15am: A service at the Woodbury memorial library.
11.30am:A service at the Peel Forest Hall.
2pm: A service at the Rangitata airfield.
5.45am:Parade will leave from Twizel Combined Services Club, Ohau Rd and service begins at Twizel RSA Club rooms on Tasman Rd at 6am.
7am: Dawn Service at Victoria Park Memorial Gates. (Firing party at this service)
8.45am: Service at St Andrews War Memorial.
9.50am: Returned service personnel are invited to meet outside the St Andrews war memorial. Medals to be worn. Public are asked to be seated by 9.50am. Parade to Memorial Clock after the service for laying of wreaths.
10am: Main service at Waimate High School Hall.
1.30pm: Waihao Forks Hotel Ted's Bottle.
- The Timaru Herald