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Cold night ahead, risk of frost for southern NZ

Most of the country is set to feel a chill tonight but inland areas of the South Island even are looking at going a step further with the chance of a light ground frost.

Today and temperatures over many parts of the country have cooled off  or remained cold for the second day running with thermometers struggling to get into the teens over southern regions.

“It has been very cool here in the south today” says Weather Analyst Richard Green “and perhaps it’s been more noticeable after the recent spell of high temperatures.It’s been a bit of a struggle to even get into teen figures today from Invercargill up to Kaikoura and the windchill from the south has made it feel more like seven or eight degrees”.

Cloudless skies tonight with little wind across inland areas are the reason for the chance of frost following the frontal system that has tackled the country over the last day or so.
Queenstown, Wanaka, Alexandra, Twizel and Tekapo could see the mercury get close to freezing point with the risk of frosts forming.

Overnight lows tonight across much of the South Island will be in single figures and believes the North Island will also be a little nippy across inland areas plus the south and east.

“Even Aucklanders will wake up tomorrow morning with a crisp feel in the air which could me more reminiscent of Autumn rather than midsummer” says Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan.”It’s a bit of a short, sharp shock for many of us but it’ won’t hang about for very long we expect” he says.

The weekend is shaping up mostly dry and pleasant at this stage however western areas may see som rain over the south by the end of the weekend.


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