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A cold start today – extreme temps around the nation


It’s a cold start across New Zealand today as a wintry snap continues to hold over the nation.

Starting in the north and Auckland has a wide temperature range with 4 degrees inland at Whenuapai and 7 degrees in more urban locations.

Hamilton has 1, while Paeroa and Rotorua have 2.  Taupo has 3.

New Plymouth and Hawera are both on 2.

Palmerston North and Levin both have 0 right now.

Wellington sounds warm on 9 but a strong southerly still blowing.

In the South Island and temperatures are even lower.  -1 in Blenheim and Dunedin with -2 in Timaru.

Christchurch, Hokitika and Westport have 2, while Oamaru has 1.

It’s -1 at Dunedin, Lumsden and Gore, 0 in in Invercargil and was -4 in Queenstown but now -3.

Tara Hills in Central Otago currently has -5.

WeatherWatch estimate other parts of Central Otago, where there are no automatic weather observations, dropped as low as -8 this morning.

Temps as of 8:20am


Guest on 9/06/2010 3:20am

What are your thoughts on this next cold snap? Metservice has snow for chch on tuesday

WW Forecast Team on 9/06/2010 5:52am

Unusually WeatherWatch is waiting longer than MetService to release a forecast for this cold blast on the way – mainly because we feel our computer models are conflicting too much.  At this stage we believe there will be a west to south west wind which doesn’t favour very much snow for the east – only 20 to 30% confidence of precipitation.  So we’re watching it very closely because of that wind direction shifts more southerly our confidence will be much higher.  Definitely one to watch.

Hope to have something out on Thursday afternoon about it.

Philip Duncan

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