It’s been less than a week since Summer ended but already temperatures have plummeted from their hot, humid, highs of February. For the past few mornings temperatures along the South Island’s east coast have dropped as low as 3 or 4 degrees from Dunedin to Christchurch. “The Southerlies have a little bit more punch in them now and many people forget that although Summer has only just finished, the longest day was 2 and a half months ago” says head weather analyst Philip Duncan.
This morning it’s just 2 degrees in Waiouru, while it’s only 3 in Dunedin and Queenstown. “Many South Island places have been several degrees below their average temperature for early March, thanks to a very cool southerly”.
In the North Island it’s just 9 degrees in Levin and Gisborne at the moment and only 8 in Taupo and Hamilton.
Duncan says daytime highs have had several degrees knocked off them lately, with only the Bay of Plenty still recording temperatures over 25 degrees.