Wild weather is expected across the country in the next 48
hours, with heavy rain in the southwest, high winds in the
east and snow on the mountain passes.
An alpine skier buried in an avalanche in Southern Alps in
Canterbury today has died of his injuries.
An exceptionally high tide yesterday afternoon swamped
low-lying coastal areas around Dunedin and washed away vast
chunks of the sand dunes between St Kilda beach and Lawyers
A severe weather warning for parts of the South Island was
issued by the MetService tonight.
It has been "one of the
worst years" for black ice on Otago and Southland roads and
it is not over yet, the New Zealand Transport Agency's
Otago-Southland operations manager, Murray Clarke, says.
The South is expected to shiver tonight and tomorrow with
squally snow showers predicted to near sea level.
Heavy rain is forecast for the eastern Bay of Plenty and
Gisborne from tonight until tomorrow afternoon, but the North
Island should narrowly escape a "weather bomb", say
June was much drier than May but it was also colder, due to
much weaker weather systems, hydrological consultant Dave
Motorists have been asked to drive with caution on
Southland's SH 94 due to
Tropical Storm Carlos strengthened again slightly on Monday
as it headed west over the open waters of the Pacific Ocean.
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