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+ Another Depression forms in the Southern Coral Sea
New born lambs along with people will be shivering as all of the country wakes to a bitterly cold morning.  A very strong anticyclone has a firm grip over the nation, trapping cold air from Tuesday’s burst of polar air.
“Clear skies and little wind means frosts from Southland to Waikato” says the Radio Network’s head weather analyst Philip Duncan.  “Motorists especially in southern parts of the South Island should take extreme care as there is bound to be dangerous black ice this morning, following Tuesday’s rain and snow”.
Current temperatures:
Hamilton:   2
Desert Road:  -3
Levin:  -1
Lower Hutt:  2
Wellington:  1
Blenheim:  -1
Christchurch:  -4
Timaru, Wanaka, Queenstown:  -3
Dunedin: -4
Parts of Central Otago:  -6
Lumsden, Gore, Hokotika & Milford:  -1
Invercargill:  1
Duncan says there is good news for us, and the lambs, with plenty of warming sun today, however he says tonight will probably be even colder.  “There will be even less wind and cloud over New Zealand tonight, that means more severe frosts in the South Island and an even colder start for Aucklanders – with possibly light frosts in western and southern regions”.
It’s still a few days out, but there appears to be a disturbance forming in the Coral Sea and it’s likely to head our way.  The last storm to form there, battered Brisbane with gales and flooding rains and was expected by all the forecasters we use, to affect NZ.  It didn’t bring the rains that we expected, but did organise itself as it moved away, bringing gales to Auckland the day of the Lunar Eclipse.  This system appears to be a little more organised, and competing with the huge anticyclone over the country, there looks like a moderate chance of strong winds and heavy rain over the usual northern regions.  We’ll have a better idea on Friday.



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