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Auckland, Waikato residents shiver as winter temps move in

It’s a bleak, cold and wet day in Auckland, Hamilton and surrounding regions today as the low responsible for the Nelson floods finally crosses the North Island.

The low crossed the Auckland region today and is shifting a cold south easterly wind over the city. this morning lowered their predicted high for the city to 16 degrees but as of 2:30pm, traditionally around the warmest part of the day, the city was on just 14 degrees, where it’s been since late morning. 

In Hamilton it’s just 13 degrees this hour. says these temperatures are incredibly low and are several degrees below the December average.

Yesterday some parts of central Hawkes Bay failed to climb above 11 degrees.

But the colder weather is mostly localised due to thick cloud cover, persistent rain and a cool south easterly wind around the centre of the low.  Under these conditions doesn’t expect temperatures to improve much today, but unlike the middle of winter, they aren’t expected to drop much tonight.

The cold snap will also be short lived – warmer weather will return tomorrow and Tuesday with even warmer conditions moving in as the week goes on.

Some models suggest the country may be fairly dry and warm for the rest of December.

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Derek on 18/12/2011 5:03am

Same here in Whangarei Phil, seems like winter has returned..Do not like it.

Tane McManus on 18/12/2011 10:07pm

Seems to me the weather service have got it wrong, they promised the rain would clear up on Friday, then Saturday then Sunday by lunch, then Monday and now we hear about “Malingering showers”, face it this is the new little ice age, global warming is a load of garbage. A high of 14 degrees is standard for july, (I don’t really count the temperatures between 12 and 3am when it was 16). As of now there is some sun, but still very looming rain clouds, New Zealand is just a rain factory, our sunshine hours are way below America’s and Asia’s, we only beat parts of northern Europe like Scotland and Norway. We have had 4 days with NO sun in a row, December usually has 230 hours of bright sunshine, so far to date we have had 63 and none recorded since the 12th.
Yesterday was polar to the etreme, it was like Campbell Island rather than Campbells Bay.

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