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Rain and wind to battle throughout the day

Rachel Das
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Commuters battle a wet morning on Madras St.  Rachel Das

Christchurch can expect persistent rain today, easing at night.

Strong wind warnings for Canterbury have been downgraded as ex-cyclone Debbie weakens around the country.

Metservice was predicting stong southwesterlies of up to 130km/h, but these have been reduced to 85km/h.

Metservice Meterologist, Andy Best, said "persistent rain and strong gales are expected to continue about parts of Canterbury until later tonight."

He said "snow is also predicted down to 900m for parts of the south."

Temperatures are forecast to reach a high of 12 degrees celsius today, with a low of six degrees. 

Meanwhile in the North Island, the heavy rain warning has been cancelled with winds easing and fine spells appearing this afternoon.

Metservice recommends layering up the clothing to sheild from the chilly winds.