Temperatures have plummeted as far north as the ‘winterless north’ this afternoon following a late change in weather patterns overnight.
A low north east of New Zealand combined with a pool of unstable air around Auckland creating widespread rain clouds that have stalled over the upper North Island for the past 16 hours.
WeatherWatch.co.nz says temperatures haven’t risen above 12 degrees in Auckand today with some centres in the region still only on 10 degrees this hour, such as Wangaparaoa.
Whangarei is similar with 11 degrees while further south temperatures range from 11 to 13 degrees across Waikato, Coromandel and western Bay of Plenty, Rotorua and Taupo.
Rain is expected to ease over Auckland shortly but overcast conditions with a cold southerly will remain until night time. Tomorrow looks sunny and dry for the city.
Paraparaumu, north west of Wellington, is the warmest centre in the country this hour with 15 degrees.
Meanwhile the South Island continues to shiver under a cold southerly – but with similar temperatures to Auckland despite sunnier, drier, weather. Christchurch has remained around 10 and 11 for much of the day with temperatures across the South Island between 8 and 13.
on 2/05/2009 5:00am
I read somewhere a comment by you Phil, that you when you lit your first fire of the winter it was then you decided winter had really kicked in.
We have just decided here that we definitly have to light our woodburner tonight as it’s so bleak and freezing here, it feels bitter. It’s 11.2 degrees C and been raining all day, the first fire of the winter for us. Have you lit your woodburner yet Phil?
on 2/05/2009 5:52am
Yes I did! I lit it at lunchtime and it’s still burning away now – will keep it going all evening.
Probably won’t need it tomorrow during the day with so much sun (I hope!) but may need it at night.
Enjoy your fire!
on 2/05/2009 4:10am
at 4pm temps still holding at 10.3c that will be the Peak temp today…. 28mm since 7pm yesterday.
on 2/05/2009 3:09am
48 mm of rain so far since last night west of Warkworth. Outside temp 9.9.