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Cold snap rushing up the country

A cold snap is today rushing up the country with temperatures falling fast behind it.

At 11:45 Christchurch had a mild 11 degrees with a north easterly while just further south in Timaru the southerly had hit and temperatures have dropped to only 6 degrees.

Weather Analyst Richard Green says the cold snap may see snow and severe wind chills.  “Snow is expected to just 100 metres in parts of Canterbury and while snow falls aren’t likely to be heavy the cold change will come as a shock”.  Mr Green says the wind chill for Christchurch is predicted to be -10 at times.

The cold southerly will hit Wellington this afternoon and into the upper North Island, including Auckland, late afternoon or evening.

The cold snap will be short lived – as expected in Spring – with a warm nor’wester hitting Canterbury tomorrow afternoon.


David - New Brighton on 3/09/2010 6:54am

…just had txt from Wellington [6.30pm]- thunder and hail in Aro Valley

David - New Brighton on 3/09/2010 4:22am

After a pleasant sunny start to the morning with the temp climbing nicely to 13 deg C in a light nor’easter, it quickly ‘turned to custard’ when the rain set in around 11.30 am with a wind change to fresh SSW….the temp dropped to 4.5 deg C
…and…. there is a light dusting of SNOW on Banks Peninsula, and, again, we miss out!

… It’s around 6 Deg C at present and trying to clear from the SW…

David - New Brighton on 3/09/2010 9:28am

…we did get a brief hail shower around 4.30pm…very small sized, so that it couldn’t get much smaller, if it tried! I did manage to get a photo of same!

Weather Watcher on 3/09/2010 1:33am

Yeah, an hour ago it was sunny and 11 degrees, now it’s raining and barely 5 degrees.

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