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The nations first significant cold snap of the year has brought very low temperatures right across New Zealand this morning.   This follows a weekend that saw bitterly cold weather being sucked up from Antaractica and being spread as far north as Northland.
“Biting winds swept up the east coast of both Islands.  From Invercargill to Gisborne the wind chill meant the temperature felt as if it was near freezing even in the middle of the day” says head weather analst Philip Duncan.  “Summer is definitely over when you get a system like this, but thanks to very warm waters north of New Zealand, warm sub-tropical lows will be possible right into winter”.
So how cold is it?
The Nations coldest towns over the past hour…
Dunedin, -1 degree
Christchurch, Timaru, Blenheim, Hawera, Palmerston North, 2 degrees
Hamilton, 3 degrees
Paeroa, Taupo, New Plymouth, 4 degrees
Auckland, 7 degrees
Wellington, 10 degrees.
“Despite this being a cold weekend, I think it was pretty quiet as far as winter storms go.  My opinon is that this was a warning shot from winter, a big winter storm may only be weeks away as the cold in the south continues to build”.
The forecast for this week showers another weak front moving up the country tomorrow, followed by plenty of high pressure later in the week – so sunnier days and colder nights.  Southland and Otago are expected to be hit by gales over the next coulpe of days and MetService is monitoring the situation.  Check out the goverenment weather weathers here:



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