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Cold wind keeps lid on temps

Bitterly cold, waiting for the rain and snow to hit Mt Te Aroha Sunday afternoon.  Photo / Craig Thomson

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Cold air is today continuing to surge over the country keeping temperatures well down.  In particular the wind chill is especially harsh with many places only a few degrees above zero.

The air temperature is between 9 and 11 for many North Island centres as of this afternoon however the wind chill, or ‘feels like’ temperature is closer to 5.  Those who are in sheltered areas out of the wind will be the only places more in line with the actual air temperature.

In the South Island a slight chance from southerlies to more westerly winds means temperatures don’t have the Antarctic chill they had yesterday.  It’s still a pretty cold day however a number of places are now between 10 and 12 degrees, except central Otago which ranges from 5 to 8 degrees.

Low level snow in Hawkes Bay

Image / Dusting of snow on the foothills surrounding the Heretaunga Plains. Taken from 15kms West of Hastings – John Newton.

And don’t expect things to warm up quickly.  A large high is moving in from the Tasman Sea to “lock in” the cold stuff. is predicting a frosty week this week with severe frosts inland.


Andrew on 1/06/2009 4:15am

Here on the Shore it still hasen’t climbed over 10c yet… Its been stuck on 9.9c for last three hours…..

Cold night here so will enjoy that…..


Andrew on 1/06/2009 12:02am

Well at midday its 8.7c on the Shore. we will hit 10c but that maybe the high…. Will let you know hour by hour. Tonight will be freezing…. Cant wait…..


Andrew on 1/06/2009 12:58am

At 1pm its 9.6c……

Guest on 31/05/2009 11:23pm

Some comp models online suggest another short burst of cold friday/saturday do you have an early opinion on this?

WW Forecast Team on 31/05/2009 11:34pm

We do see some evidence of a burst of cold air across southern and south eastern New Zealand on Friday.  Nothing significant at this stage and our confidence levels would be rated as "low".

Thanks for the question,

WeatherWatch Team

Andrew on 31/05/2009 10:52pm

At 10.50am this morning its 8c on Aucklands North Shore…. Will struggle to reach 11c today but we will see how day goes….


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