It’s freezing if you live in the lower part of the South Island this morning. Temperatures are well below freezing in many places even at 10am. Lumsden was minus 7 at 9am but has now warmed up to a balmy minus 3. It’s minus 2 in Manapouri and minus 1 in Invercargill. The coldest place so far today is Wanaka on minus 5 at 10am.
Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan says it’s thanks to a large high…and that means good news for the rest of New Zealand. “The deep low over Northland is still hanging around. Winds have picked up a little again this morning but are only about half the speeds of yesterday. The good news is that as this low moves out to the east tonight, the large high over the South will start to spread up country”.
That means a fine and frosty end to the week for most of us. “Severe frosts across inland South Island and some pretty hefty frosts are likely in the north”.
And while Wellingtonians might enjoy the fact that they haven’t been making the weather news this year, they’ve had a blustery 24 hours. “Wellington is roughly the halfway mark between this big high in the south and deep low in the north. Southerlies have been near gale force with gusts last hour to 105km/h on Mt Kaukau”.