The MetService has issued a severe weather warning for
Fiordland and the Westland ranges as up to 150mm of rain is
expected to fall over the weekend.
Otago residents may be in line for some knockout weather this
Strong winds and heavy rain are forecast to blast the much of
the South Island today.
A dry and windy November has dried out Otago to a stage not
normally experienced until February, hydrological consultant
Dave Stewart says.
Spring time in Otago was one of record breaking cold and dry
Coromandel residents are being urged to be alert for severe
thunderstorms, rapidly rising river levels and surface
flooding as heavy rain hits the region today and overnight.
Dunedin and parts of Central Otago have experienced one of
their driest Novembers in 90 years, the National Institute of
Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) national climate
summary for November says.
Occasional snow flurries on the hills, frosts and cool windy
days all added to Dunedin reportedly experiencing its coldest
October in 63 years, hydrologist Dave Stewart says.
November was a good month to put the washing out, with
unprecedented dry weather in some areas coupled with high
winds, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric
Research (Niwa) says.
Don't get out your togs and jandals just yet - summer is
shaping up to be colder than average, Niwa's latest seasonal
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