Respite from wind predicted for most of South

Most of the South is set to get a respite from high winds today after the MetService lifted a severe weather watch for much of the region.

After days of heavy winds resulted in down trees, power lines and fires, the MetService earlier had predicted more for Central Otago and Southern Lakes today.

However, a watch for the area had now been lifted and the MetService said gale westerlies were no longer expected in the region.,

MetService meteorologist Rob Kerr said last night a cold front was expected to make its way up the country this afternoon which would lower temperatures and bring weaker winds.

It could also bring rain to much of Otago and Southland.

However, a severe weather watch remains in place for North Otago and the Canterbury coast and plains, including Christchurch, from 3pm to 8pm today.

The MetService said a strong southerly change could approach severe gale strength, especially about the coast.

A strong wind warning is in place for the Canterbury High Country, while a heavy rain warning is in place for the ranges of Westland south of Otira.



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