Settled weather coming
by Mike Isle
After the disastrous weather front that saw the South Island literally split in two, the weather in Selwyn is forecast to settle down.
“High pressure influence will bring a more settled and brighter look across the South Island this week,” said Christchurch weather analyst Russel Voice.
However, he cautioned that more rain was still possible in the high country.
“A couple of systems take aim later in the week, bringing more rain to the main divide, with more significant rain possible on Friday and Sunday.
It has been a tumultuous week for weather in the South Island. Severe flooding at the weekend closed part of State Highway 1 and 72 and Rangitata, north of Timaru, while slips across on the West Coast blocked State Highway 6.
A state of emergency was declared in Timaru, with flooding of the Rangitata River causing extreme damage in the area. Fibre cables were cut, power pylons came down, and roads were damaged, and in some cases remain damaged.
Road closures saw 1,000 tourists stranded on the West Coast. Here in Selwyn, traffic disruptions meant long traffic queues and waiting times for travellers.
The prime minister announced an initial fund of $100,000 to help communities affected by the flooding.
The long-term forecast for Canterbury shows mainly cloudy weather with temperatures hovering around the low 20s.
The only further rain forecast for Canterbury is on Monday, December 16 — with a predicted 1.1mm fall. The weather is expected to be fine with sunny intervals for Christmas.