For the first time in 2010, snow affected some mainland skifields yesterday and cold and drizzly rain showers were a common sight along the Canterbury Plains.
Temperatures were struggling to reach double figures yesterday and today isn’t looking much warmer although perhaps a fraction brighter.
Looking toward the end of the week and very cold air is likely to move over the South Island with snow levels dropping quite dramatically but the jury is still out on how much precipitation will fall in southern and eastern areas. The thermometer is unlikely to top double digits during Friday and the windchill factor will make it feel even colder.
Although June 1st is the official start date of winter, a few mainlanders might be getting a taste a tad early.
on 18/05/2010 9:21am
Actually a decent amount should arrive due to lunar perigee on the 20th. (Our 2010 almanac on p524 lists SI snow for May 4th(first snow did arrive), 19th-21st and in the last week of May). But skiers shouldn’t get hopes up too high. Season will probably open late.