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Another frosty start on Thursday

Updated 6:02pm — The cold southwesterly airflow which has brought freezing temperatures to much of the country is set to stick around for another day – meaning more chilly conditions in both islands.

Wintry weather will stick around for western parts of New Zealand, while the sun should be out for most in the east of both islands.

Auckland and Northland are looking at cloud and showers during the day – but the Auckland region may become quite’s all down to the wind direction and a slight shift may see the showers falling mostly out over the Tasman Sea.  Thursday will be the coldest day of the week in the upper North Island.  Showers may also affect southern parts of Taranaki, right down to Kapiti.

Heavy frosts will develop overnight about Southland and Otago (away from the coast), as a ridge sneaks in overnight bringing clearing skies. Expect temperatures well into the negatives, possibly around -10 through Central Otago and the alpine interior.

The same applies for inland parts of South Canterbury too – so keep any pretty pictures coming in to us here, we love seeing them and posting them up!

Finally – Wellington may see a few low level snow flurries in the early morning. What do we mean by low levels? Usually between 200 and 50m. Sometimes a heavy shower/flurry with a gusty wind can blow snow right down to sea level. So keep your fingers crossed – the chances are isolated but possible early on.

– Photo: Ross Graham



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