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What Christchurch can expect as ex-Cyclone Debbie heads our way

Emme McKay
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Christchurch will be in for an unpleasant day tomorrow with rain and heavy winds set to hit the region.

A severe gale warning is in place for Banks Peninsula and surrounding areas as the remnants of Cyclone Debbie heads to Christchurch. 

Metservice Meteorologist Brian Mercer said the low causing the weather in the North Island will be travelling down the country tonight. 

It will end up to the east of Banks Peninsula tomorrow morning. 

Mercer said the low will bring strong south-westerly gales along the east coast and also to Christchurch. 

He said Banks Peninsula could expect gusts of up to 100 km/h and Christchurch could expect up to 90 km/h. 

"It is going to be a pretty unpleasant day, there will be rain and heavy falls - most likely in the morning." 

Mercer said the winds and rain will be heaviest in the morning and then calm down in the afternoon. 

The severe gale warning will be in place until the early evening.