Otago's window for receiving enough rainfall to ease the dry
conditions and provide needed grass growth, is closing fast.
An abrupt drop in temperatures and a dusting of snow on high
ground is being predicted by the MetService for Otago today.
A cold front forecast to hit New Zealand tomorrow will result
in abrupt temperature drops in the South Island.
Strong winds are likely to lash Clutha and Dunedin until
early Monday, the MetService says.
A severe-weather watch has been issued for Otago, alerting
people to the possibility of wind gusts up to 100kmh or more
in parts of Clutha and Dunedin this weekend.
Gales look set to hit parts of the Clutha and Dunedin regions
during the weekend and early Monday.
Wild weather shunting up the east coast brought gale-force
winds and plunging temperatures this afternoon, catching out
tourists in Kaikoura and boaties around Wellington.
A cool change is expected to hit Otago today as a cold front
crosses the South Island, the MetService predicts.
WELLINGTON: Huge swells which battered the Hawkes Bay
coastline yesterday, forcing the evacuation of 25 houses,
have put homes at increased risk if there are more big waves,
says a community group which supports greater protection from
Balclutha and Kaitaia experienced their sunniest summers on
record this season.
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