Heavy rain and strong winds forecast for Christchurch this week

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Feb 13, 2023 |

Rain and strong winds are forecast for the Canterbury region this week.

Christchurch and Banks Peninsula are expected to catch the tail of cyclone Gabrielle from tomorrow afternoon.

According to Metservice, steady rain is expected to fall in Christchurch from Tuesday until Friday.

Forecasts suggest the main rain period is expected Wednesday and Thursday with totals of 30 to 50 mm expected over the city during this time, 50 to 75 mm for west parts of Port Hills, and the highest totals of 100 to 150 mm for south parts of Banks Peninsula.

Strong winds are also expected to accompany the rain on Port Hills and Banks Peninsula, with wind gusts of 80 + km/h in some areas.   

“We’re taking the usual precautions such as checking and clearing stormwater grates and making checks of our stormwater network ahead of the expected wet weather.

“We will have staff and contractors ready to respond to any issues that might arise,” Local Civil Defence Controller Mary Richardson says.

“If you know there are leaves blocking sumps or drains by your property, it would help us if you could remove them, and put them in your green wheelie bin.”

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is a journalist, videographer and content producer, broadcasting from his independent news and production company in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you have a news tip or are interested in video content, email [email protected]

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