New Zealanders are looking set to enjoy a long hot summer.
Unseasonal weather has been the bane of holiday-makers
recently and has boosted rainfall levels to near record
levels in Wanaka, for the month of December.
The country spent much of December sandwiched between high
and low pressure systems which meant higher than average
sunshine hours were tempered by an extra helping of rain in
A frightened cat took refuge inside the family piano when a
tornado hit a farmhouse on the southern outskirts of
Waikouaiti on Saturday, ripping tiles off the roof, smashing
windows, splintering trees and felling nearby power lines.
Canterbury and Wellington were lashed by winds of over 110km
per hour tonight.
While a heavy rain warning has been issued by MetService for
this weekend, early indications were that fine, warm weather
would return for Christmas.
More rain is expected to hit Otago during the next few days
as a large low-pressure system crosses the South Island.
Spring weather in New Zealand was dominated by more
anticyclones than usual off the east coast, with Dunedin
enjoying more sunshine than normal, climate scientists say.
Motorists travelling in the northern South Island have been
warned by police to take extreme care.
A heavy rain warning has been issued for the headwaters of
the lakes and rivers of Otago today.
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