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Cold change races up South Island’s east (+ Your Photos: 6)

A cold southerly has significantly cut temperatures this afternoon as it’s headed north reports

The southerly reached Dunedin and Oamaru earlier this afternoon and in the last few minutes has arrived in Christchurch.

Earlier this afternoon predicted on its interactive Facebook page that the temperature will fall by around 12 degrees in just 30 minutes as the front passed through.

The city was at 28 degrees last hour, as of 5:10pm it was 16 degrees.

The cold change will move into Wellington this evening then further up the east coast, weakening as it does so.

Goodbye heat, hello cold – the cold front moves into Christchurch a short time ago / Tabitha Mcdowell

Above and below taken at the same time – below looking towards Christchurch’s CBD / Sam Sword

Rob Meredith

Incoming! Rachel Jennings

Front moving across Canterbury / Helen Leggatt

Have you been where the cold front has passed through?  Post a comment below!



JohnGaul on 28/11/2011 5:30am

Yes. A boring SW change.
NW against a SW. You don’t get thunderstorms, sorry


Greg on 28/11/2011 10:32pm

Any particular reason for the lack of Thunderstorms with NW to SW change ?
I’m wondering if I’m recalling warm NE to SW changes bringing some action
in the past…

WW Forecast Team on 28/11/2011 10:47pm

Hi Greg – the air was simply too dry yesterday which is why we weren’t predicting any thunder.  There was very little shower activity as well.  Nor’easters have more humidity and can create a more dramatic chnage when the southerly change rolls in.

John may have other theories?

– WW

Greg on 28/11/2011 4:24am

The clouds appeared to be building promisingly for some action, but on arrival things seem to have collapsed a bit with a much cooler SW wind but no moisture yet and still plenty of blue sky around. Haven’t had a decent frontal Tstorm for ages round these parts – looks like that trend set to continue…

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