Weather ideal for holiday weekend

The Queen's Birthday Weekend weather in Otago and Southland was mostly clear and calm - the complete opposite of weather at the corresponding long weekend last year.

MetService duty forecaster Frances Russell said the weather in Otago and Southland on Queen's Birthday Weekend was ''fairly fine'' with ''very little wind''.

''The relatively clear skies, and not much wind, does bring about some chilly starts.''

The minimum temperature yesterday morning in Alexandra was -3.5degC.

Queenstown was 1.8degC, Dunedin 3degC and Invercargill 5.5degC, she said.

The highest temperatures in Otago and Southland during the long weekend were in Lumsden, Gore and Ranfurly on Sunday afternoon and ranged between 12degC and 12.8degC, she said.

Isolated showers on the far south coast of Southland, including Invercargill and Foveaux Strait, were expected to continue until this afternoon.

High cloud would develop tomorrow and more rain was expected on Thursday.

Rain was forecast to hit Otago, too, on Thursday, she said.

On Queen's Birthday Weekend last year, extreme weather battered Otago and Southland.

Heavy rain caused flooding in parts of Central Otago and on the Mataura River and gale-force winds up to 120kmh caused havoc for bikers at the Brass Monkey Rally.

• A man was injured when the Subaru stationwagon he was driving hit ice and rolled near the Crown Range turnoff last night.

Arrowtown Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief Fire Officer Mark Woodham said the man, in his 20s, was the sole occupant of the vehicle and was travelling from Queenstown.

The stationwagon rolled after hitting ice 500m east of the Crown Range turnoff on State Highway 6, he said.

A St John spokeswoman said the man was taken by ambulance to Lakes District Hospital, with moderate injuries.

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